Joshua Tree National Park Additions
The California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act would add approximately 4,518 acres to Joshua Tree National Park. These remnant parcels are contiguous or nearby the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park, making park service management a logical lands policy.
The topography of this area varies greatly ranging from rugged granite mountains with pinyon pine and juniper trees to flatlands to Joshua tree woodland to seasonal washes that produce prolific blooms of spring wildflowers.
This area is prime habitat for the threatened desert tortoise, burrowing owl and LeConte’s thrasher. Besides providing critical habitat for threatened desert wildlife, these proposed wilderness additions are recognized wildlife corridors for bobcats, desert bighorn sheep and other species. Permanently protecting these corridors is critical for the long-term health and survival of wildlife in the Joshua Tree National Park.
These lands offer chances for hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, spring wildflower viewing and wildlife photography.