JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTS TO DOUBLE NUMBER OF VISITORS

If you visited Joshua Tree National Park this spring, you may have noticed long lines of cars at park entrances and lots of cars and people inside the park. Managing editor Tami Roleff says, in the second part of a three-part report, the park service expects our local national park

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS FROM JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN BUSY SESSION

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a very busy session will hear presentation from Joshua Tree National Park, approval of some projects, and a look at a two-year budget… The Yucca Valley Town Council will hear a presentation from Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent

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MBTA AND JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WORKING ON VISITOR TRANSPORTATION PLAN

How can the park service balance the delicate desert ecosystem of Joshua Tree National Park with the more than two million visitors expected to roll through in 2016? Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us there’s a plan in the works that could offer relief to tourists and terrain…. Morongo Basin

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MAINTAINING THE TRAILS AT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park trails are heavily used. Ranger Pam Tripp tells us how they’re kept in shape… At Joshua Tree NP, visitors come from all over to hike desert trails. Within the park there are approximately 270 miles of back-country and wilderness trails, as well as almost nine miles

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60 BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB KIDS CAMPING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

This weekend, 60 young people from the Boys and Girls Club, along with their parents, will be camping at Indian Cove campground as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration. Saturday’s overnight event is to encourage youth and their families to experience the great outdoors. In addition, an exhibit

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK REMINDS VISITORS TO “LEAVE NO TRACE”

Joshua Tree National Park is reminding their visitors to “Leave No Trace.” Park Ranger Pam Tripp explains……. Leave no trace Can mean many things: Like pack out all trash, And plan well what to bring. Watch where you step, This tough desert is fragile. Plants, burrows, and cryptobiotic crust Encourage

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PRESERVATION SUBJECT OF LECTURE TOMORROW

A unique look at how resources and history is preserved in Joshua Tree National Park is being offered in a lecture tomorrow in Yucca Valley. Reporter David Knutson has details… Join the Morongo Basin Historical Society for the presentation of “Historic Preservation at Joshua Tree National Park” by the Chief

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TAKE A HIKE WITH JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK’S SUPERINTENDENT TOMORROW

The hike up Quail Mountain with Joshua Tree National Park superintendent David Smith, originally set for Saturday, April 30, has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 7. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the hike is part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration… The National Park Service turns 100 years old

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK UNVEILS NEW MURAL

Joshua Tree National Park has unveiled a new mural at its Joshua Tree Visitor Center. The mural, painted by Maryland artist Robert Hynes, illustrates the creatures that lived in and around the national park thousands of years ago. Some of the animals depicted include the mammoths, camels, ground sloths, and

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WARMER WEATHER BRINGING SEASONAL CLOSURES TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

With the hot summer weather right around the corner, Joshua Tree National Park will soon be implementing its seasonal closures at the end of May. Park Ranger Pam Tripp joins us… As the hot summer months approach, the demand for campsites at Joshua Tree National Park decreases, allowing certain campgrounds

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SAVING PAPER KEEPS THE NATIONAL PARK GREEN

Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Pam Tripp has a great tip for visitors to help keep the park green… Nowadays, we use electronic devices for everything; Shopping, social media, games, and communications. But these devices can also help protect the environment. Here at Joshua Tree NP, there are many areas

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RECORD ATTENDANCE IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

More than 327,000 people visited Joshua Tree National Park in March, setting an all-time attendance record. In March 2015, 256,000 people visited the park. Park officials said visitor centers, campgrounds, and hiking trails were extremely busy as park visitors enjoyed the weather and a much better wildflower bloom than in

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK RANGERS CITE 4 FOR VANDALISM, DRUGS

Joshua Tree National Park rangers, operating on a tip from park visitors, apprehended and cited four men for vandalism and possession of a controlled substance. About 2:30 p.m. April 15, climbers in the Oyster Bar area of the park called park officials to report they smelled and saw fresh paint

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NATIONAL PARK RESCUES: WHO RESPONDS AND WHO PAYS? A SPECIAL REPORT

Recent rescues of climbers and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park raised questions about who responds to the rescues, and who pays the bill? Managing editor Tami Roleff talked with County Battalion Chief Rick Denison recently and got some answers… Good news if you’re a San Bernardino County resident and

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TOURISTS INJURED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Five Korean tourists had a drive in Joshua Tree National Park Thursday that was a little more exciting that than they had planned. County Fire Captain Trent Blanchard said Joshua Tree firefighters were called about 7:15 to a roll-over crash on Geology Tour Road. Blanchard said that two tourists who

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS SPENT $97 MILLION

A new National Park Service report shows that more than two million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in 2015, up from 1.6 million in 2014. Those 2,025,755 visitors spent a lot of money in the Morongo Basin. The most recent economic analysis of Joshua Tree National Park showed that

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WILDFLOWER IDENTIFICATION HIKE TOMORROW

Just four miles north of Yucca Valley is part of President Obama’s recently proclaimed Sand to Snow National Monument. A naturalist with the Joshua Tree National Park Association will lead a wildflower walk in the area Saturday morning. Reporter Edica Gonzales has more information…

Darrell Shade, naturalist for Joshua Tree

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USE ALTERNATE PARK ENTRANCE STATIONS DURING BUSY TIMES

Spring break starts this week. Joshua Tree National Park is expecting many visitors during this busy time. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp with some alternate entrances to the park… Every year our entrance stations, campgrounds, and visitor centers at Joshua Tree National Park get busier and busier. With at least

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPANSION STUDIED, PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT

The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management are discussing whether to significantly expand the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. Reporter David Haldane has the details… Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park may soon have an extra 32,000-plus acres to explore. That’s the size of the parcel federal

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HIKING SAFETY TIPS

With free entrance to Joshua Tree and all other National Parks all next week, starting tomorrow, many people will be out taking a hike in Nature’s wonderlands. ROP broadcast Student Brianna Collins reminds us to hike safely… It’s getting warmer, so you know what that means! Hiking season! If you’re

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