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.
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).
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
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
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
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