#TBT: Joshua Tree National Park

#ThrowBackThursday: This Thursday is the anniversary of Joshua Tree National Park becoming an NPS site. On August 10, 1936​, ​​Joshua Tree National Monument was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt thanks in large part to Minerva Hoyt and others who persuaded the state and federal governments to protect the area. Joshua Tree was elevated to a National Park in 1994​ ​ by the Desert Protection Act.

Did you know​?​ In 2001 NPT purchased an 80-acre in-holding in the park which contained a critical segment of the Rockhouse and Thermal Canyon Trail network. The property is​ ​also an excellent habitat for the chuckwalla, a large, shy lizard. NPT donated the parcel to the National Park Service (NPS) ​ensuring​​ its​ protection in perpetuity.

The property is located in a wild, rugged, and remote corner of the park affording visitors wonderful opportunities for solitude and a sense of discovery.

“As the population of the Coachella Valley continues to grow and expand toward the park, the value of NPT’s donation to Joshua Tree and the American public will only grow over time. The NPT donation will protect public access to this beautiful section of the park,” said then park Superintendent Ernie Quintana.

Joshua Tree National Park, located near Palm Springs, CA, became a national monument in 1936 and then a biosphere reserve in 1984. In 1994 it was established as a national park to protect and preserve a representative area of the Colorado and Mojave deserts and their natural and cultural resources for the benefit of this and future generations.

Click here for more information on our park preservation projects or contact Phil Selleck (301) 279-7275 ext. 14.

Photo courtesy of Frank Lee Ruggles

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