Joshua Tree National Park Holding Community Input Meetings Starting Oct. 3

JOSHUA TREE,  Calif. – Many who live in the High Desert would like to preserve its natural beauty and wildlife. Take this opportunity to give your ideas and opinions on how that should be done. Joshua Tree is a day trip for us to the east and one everyone who lives here should experience every few years.

Joshua Tree National Park staff invites the public to attend a meeting exploring future park management strategies related to visitation and capacity issues. The park will host three open house meetings in October 2019 to discuss past visitor use and resource management actions, as well as current infrastructure and future plans. Park managers encourage this dialog to help inform them on visitor needs.

Park staff will conduct the following three community meetings:

  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Copper Mountain College Bell Center, 6156 Copper Mountain Road, Joshua Tree CA 92252.
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the El Pueblo – Pico House, 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Spotlight 29 Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella CA 92236.

Superintendent David Smith will welcome and orient participants who will have the opportunity to circulate through five different stations. Each station will be staffed with park subject matter experts providing updates on topics relevant to visitor enjoyment and park use. Each station is set up for written and verbal feedback using comment sheets, flip charts and conversation.

An RSVP is not necessary, however, if you are in need of accommodations to participate, such as assistive listening devices, large print, braille, a sign language interpreter, or real-time captioning, please contact the park accessibility coordinator at 760-367-5502. To ensure that the requested accommodations are available, please contact the accessibility coordinator a minimum of seven days prior to the meeting.

Simone Graham – Editor High Desert Gazette



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