In the late 1940s a southeastern chunk of what was then Joshua Tree National Monument was turned over to industry to develop an iron mine. But now that the mine's been closed since the 1980s, Joshua Tree National Park officials are exploring the possibility of reclaiming the site -- to make the park whole again.
We need your help to show strong public support for this proposal. This incredible landscape at the convergence of Southern California's Colorado and Mojave deserts is brimming with diverse plants and animals, cultural sites, geologic wonders, dark night skies -- and, of course, those twisted and beautiful Joshua trees.
It's also been continually under threat from a series of ill-conceived projects -- including proposals for a giant trash dump, a prison and now a devastating water-storage project -- even though the original withdrawal legislation for the mine required that, upon closure, lands be returned to the monument.
August 12, 2015 Action Alert ID# 259
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