Early December gatherings; Climate Change effects on JT, and Western Gov’s Association

November 25, 2011 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Early December gatherings; Climate Change effects on JT, and Western Gov’s Association 

JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler addressing crowd at Climb Smart 11

As part of a year-long celebration of the park’s 75th Anniversary, Joshua
Tree National Park and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
are partnering to host a one day conference highlighting several topics:

– the potential effects of global climate change,
– impacts of climate change on individual park species and native
ecosystems,
– developing climate change science, monitoring programs, and climate
change adaptation strategies.

Location: UCR, Palm Desert Campus Graduate Center
Date: Friday, December, 2The symposium will be followed on December 3 by a field trip to the park.

For additional information please contact the park’s 75th Anniversary
Coordinator George Land at 760-367-5507, or by email: george_land@nps.gov.

On December 7, the Western Governor’s Association, led by Gov. Chris Gregoire (WA), will visit Yucca Valley for a public discussion and presentation on gateway communities and the importance of the rural and suburban infrastructure on the health of communities and the country.
For more information visit the WGA Web site at www.westgov.org.

Climb Smart Rocks the desert, kicks off the 11-12 Season

October 28, 2011 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart Rocks the desert, kicks off the 11-12 Season 

With the perfect weather window, a brand new venue, a slew of amazing and talented pros, the partnership of the Park and awesome sponsors from retail to brand to advocacy groups to the Cactus Pricks, Climb Smart 2011 broke through in completely new style on the 14 year old annual event. Huge THANKS to all of you who contributed to an all-time great time in and around JTNP.

If you want to get a glimpse of what happened last weekend, check out these links UPDATED:
Climb Smart Video incl. Lynn Hill at Thin Wall (thx to Smoking Chimp Productions!)

our Facebook page, with Pics!

JTree Astronomy Arts Theater (the venue and amazing multimedia platform)

SoCal Digital Video Astronomers

The Cactus Pricks (featuring climbing icons Al Bartlett, Don Reid, and Pat Brennan on stagecraft!)

More to come as folks get their film processed and back from the darkroom (!).

FOJT donates Ford F-350 Utility truck to NPS for Search & Rescue team

June 4, 2011 · Posted in Climber Alert, General, News · Comments Off on FOJT donates Ford F-350 Utility truck to NPS for Search & Rescue team 

FOJT, JOSAR and JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler w/staff accepting Ford F-350 Truck donation

Friends Of Joshua Tree, through several years of horse-trading and donation wrangling, has handed over the keys and pink slip to a sweet SAR vehicle to Joshua Tree National Park. The official press release will be coming out soon but you web-peepers and FOJT supporters get the news first! THANK YOU for your support in person, in cash, in gear and in spirit… it all makes a big difference and enables us to make a difference on behalf of the climbing community, and in service to not only climbers but all user groups of the park.
Climbers doing good!

Jan. 29 JTNP Celebration and New JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler

January 12, 2011 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, News · Comments Off on Jan. 29 JTNP Celebration and New JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler 

Come celebrate Joshua Tree National Park’s 75th Anniversary with Huell Howser and meet the new Super as well!

http://www.jtnp75.org/ (link to invite page)

Mark Butler, new JTNP Superintendent

And… check out this little bio on NEW JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler… he’s climbed in Joshua Tree even, and hails from Yosemite National Park, which enjoys a strong climbing culture.   Read more by clicking this

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/parknews/supbutler.htm