Joshua Tree National Park

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The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act.

Joshua trees, which are native to the Mojave Desert, are threatened by climate change and habitat destruction.

Brendan Cummings is the Center for Biological Diversity’s conservation director and a Joshua tree resident.

WHITEWATER (CNS) - A bipartisan conservation bill signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump, which safeguards around 375,500 acres of public land and designates 77 miles of waterways as wild and scenic rivers in southeastern California, will expand Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks and give permanent protection to the Whitewater River in Riverside County.
   Congress last month overwhelmingly approved the California Desert Protection and Recreation Act of 2019, which was championed by Sen. Dianne

A bill that flew through Congress with rare bipartisan support is now sitting on President Trump's desk.  It's the biggest land conservatin package in a decade, and Trump is expectyed to sign it.  KQED's Danielle Venton tells us what it will mean for California.


Joshua Tree National Park will not be closed to the public beginning this morning after all.  In spite of the partial federal government shutdown, park officials have found some money that will allow them to keep some of the park open, for the time being.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

Time is short in this session of Congress, and conservation and tourism groups are hoping for a vote on a bill to address the massive maintenance backlog in the national parks. 

The Restore Our Parks is a bipartisan proposal to direct up to six and a half billion dollars of revenue from offshore oil and gas royalties to fix crumbling roads and buildings, plus electrical and wastewater systems at the parks.

You have two more days - today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday) - to comment on the Trump administration's desire to raise fees at 17 national parks.  Capital Public Radios' Ezra David Romero reports.

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Authorities say the bodies of two adults have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a Southern California couple vanished while hiking nearly three months ago.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A new poll shows four in five ‘voters of color’ support President Obama’s efforts to protect public lands and want the next president to do the same.  KVCR’s Ken Vincent has details.

Admission to Joshua Tree National Park - in the high desert east of the Inland Empire - will be free for four days, starting today (Thursday), in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.