A National Park Service memorial project over 30 years in the making has finally reached completion. Reporter Joshua King has more details…
Jeff Ohlfs, a retired Chief Ranger of the National Park Service and former Joshua Tree National Park Ranger, has committed to preserving and honoring the memories of the 260 employees of the National Park Service who have paid the ultimate sacrifice—having died on duty or in the line of duty. His efforts have finally come to fruition, as on the 104th anniversary of the National Park Service, NPSHistory.com released the NPS Employee Memorial. Truly a labor of love, Ohlfs has spent over 30 years researching and honoring these individuals. Omissions and additions for the memorial may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link for memorial: http://npshistory.com/employee-memorial/
The fire burning in the Mojave National Preserve, 67 miles northeast of Twentynine Palms, has scorched 44,248 acres, federal officials estimate Tuesday. Crews have 5 percent containment on the Dome fire, located about seven miles northwest of Cima, according to an update from the National Interagency Fire Center. The National Park Service is the lead agency, with the San Bernardino County Fire providing assistance. Flames were first reported Sunday on the national preserve, which covers more than 1.5 million acres in southeastern California.
Visitors come from around the world to experience California’s deserts. After decades of financial neglect, the Great American Outdoors Act was passed by Congress Wednesday; the Act will help address the deteriorating infrastructure in our national parks, increase funding for the conservation of the desert’s vast public lands, and improve public access. The act requires a mandatory funding of $900 million a year; the funds do not come from taxpayer dollars, but rather from revenue generated by energy projects on public lands. The bill now awaits final signature by Donald Trump.
The National Park Service is waiving
entrance fees to national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park,
to aid in social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. While
Joshua Tree National Park remains open, its visitor centers are
closed and all park programs have been cancelled. Geology Tour Road
is still closed from last week’s rain storm. In nearby Death Valley
National Park, the park is open but the visitor centers and
campgrounds are closed.
A National Park Service volunteer will be the guest speaker at tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Rockhounds. In his talk, “Don’t Become a Statistic,” he will talk about the perils that hikers, tourists, and rockhounds may encounter in the desert, along with advice about how to avoid getting lost, and if you do get lost, how to find your way back again. Guests are welcome at the meeting. In addition, there will be a table of collectable gems and minerals that are raffled off and an auction of rare gems and minerals too. Tonight’s meeting is set for 7 p.m. in St. Joseph of Arametha Hall, on Onaga Trail at Church Street in Yucca Valley.