Fund Our Joshua Tree  Programs 2017

May 26, 2017 · Posted in Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Fund Our Joshua Tree  Programs 2017 

As funding becomes more of a challenge for all of us, FOJT is reaching out to you, our climbing community, for help. We are looking for knowledge on grant monies, endowment opportunities, donations, matching funds or work related charities. Employers could use our 501(c)(3) status for tax benefits. We need to find new revenue streams as we support more programs such as

Joshua Tree Climbing Stewards

Climbers Coffee

Climb Smart

H.A.R.P. (Hardware/Anchor Replacement Program)

In addition, capital improvements are a priority as Joshua Tree Search and Rescue will need a new vehicle in the next 5 to 7 years.

We ask that you do a little legwork for us: if you know of monies that might be available please make a few phone calls or emails and find us a contact person. We will take it from there. Tee us up at info@friendsofjosh.org or use our social stream DM’s – facebook Friends Of Joshua Tree, twitter @JTreeFriends, or Instagram @joshuatreefriends 

Thank you for your help and support!

Friends Of Joshua Tree.

Nesting Raptor closures active in JTNP – check beta Here before climbing!

March 22, 2017 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, General, News · Comments Off on Nesting Raptor closures active in JTNP – check beta Here before climbing! 

Spring has Sprung in JTree! 

This is the time of year when birds of prey in the Park build their nests and get very VERY sensitive about close by activity. 

Please observe all posted closures, and know before you go. CLICK HERE to see the recent JTNP announcements, and also look for posted signage near crags before planning to climb. Areas to avoid at this time are Morongo Man area, as well as crags/routes in the Patagonia Pile and Wall of Biblical Fallacies areas. 

THANK YOU for helping the climbing community be a great stewardship partner to the birds, and to the Park. 

raptor nesting closure sign JTNP

juvenile red-tailed hawk

Save The Date – Climb Smart 2017 October 13-15

December 20, 2016 · Posted in Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Save The Date – Climb Smart 2017 October 13-15 

The Pics are posted, the surveys are done, and the season is well under way in Joshua Tree… but it’s not too early to Save The Date for Climb Smart 2017. 

Cut and Paste this into your 4K Digital Interactive Voice-Activated Robot Calendar …. 

CLIMB SMART 2017, OCTOBER 13-15, 2017

(JTNP and Joshua Tree Lake Campground)

This year’s event will sell out, so keep an eye on posts and our social stream (facebook = Friends Of Joshua Tree, and Climb Smart, twitter @JTreeFriends).

  Hans Florine ‘On The Nose’ book and show party at Climb Smart 16

 

Additional acreage for JTNP?

May 24, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, General, News · Comments Off on Additional acreage for JTNP? 

The NPS has initiated a boundary adjustment study that considers returning over 20,000 acres of land in the Eagle Mountain area back to the park. The draft document is out with a variety of alternatives with the majority of land to be returned currently under BLM Management.

See below for resources to better understand the alternatives proposed (4, currently). Take a look at these linked docs and maps… and then use the email JOTR

Joshua-Tree-National-Park-Boundary-Study-Fact-Sheet

TopoMap

JOTR_EM_EA_Review_Newsletter_March_2016

Send comments via email to JOTR_Study@nps.gov

Please feel free to comment on this post to share your feelings about expanding the Park boundaries, what issues are important to consider, and how this can impact the local recreation economy of Joshua Tree. 

FOJT Board Of Directors

 

Wilderness Fixed Anchor Policy Update

February 7, 2011 · Posted in Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Wilderness Fixed Anchor Policy Update 

The National Park Service has released an updated draft of its wilderness management policies. The update covers provisions specific to climbing fixed anchors. Iconic climbing areas in the U.S., including Yosemite and wilderness climbing areas in Joshua Tree, would be governed by this new policy. The Access Fund is soliciting the input of the climbing community to inform our policy position on this critically important issue.

Background on the issue from Access Fund website

Link to the Survey

Let the AF know what your thoughts are… wilderness protection is a key component of the National Park’s mission, remember, but so is allowing recreation on our public lands.  You are representing the climbing community so keep it clean…

KH for FOJT