Joshua Tree: A Case Study in Conservation and Appreciation

Joshua Tree National Park stands apart from the other protected wildernesses of the California State Park system, simply because of its location. It sits at the intersection of three distinct ecosystems – the Mojave Desert, the Colorado Desert and the Little San Bernadino Mountains – in a protected space larger than the state of Rhode Island. From the high tablelands of the Mojave to the lower, warmer cactus forests in the eastern preserves, no other park in the state can boast the same diversity of ecosystems. Its standalone nature is symbolized in the Joshua trees from which it gets its name: the Joshua tree is confined almost exclusively to the Mojave and Joshua Tree National Park. Learn more:

While a popular spot for camping, hiking, and astronomy, in recent times Joshua Tree’s popularity has increased through rock climbing. The rock formations of the park consist of blocks of granite strewn across the valleys, some exceeding two hundred feet in height. With such colorful names as “Giant Marbles”, “Old Woman Rock” and “North Horror Rock”, the boulders provide thousands of climbing routes at all levels of experience; the formations are especially popular with the rock climbing community during the winter months when other climbing sites like Yosemite are snowbound. Learn more:

The overall effect of the Joshua Tree National Park, from its colossal formations of stone to its rugged, solitary Joshua trees, is that of an alien landscape untouched by the modern world. Nowhere else on the planet looks quite like it.

WildArk, formed with the mission to conserve, protect, and research the various wild places of the world, is dedicated to a similar appreciation of the natural world that the Joshua Tree National Park provides. Through travel recommendation, wildlife conservancies and eco-journalism, WildArk hopes to foster a similar admiration of the natural world that is so well exemplified by the conservation efforts of the California State Park system in Joshua Tree. Its balance of conservation, appreciation and human enjoyment provides a perfect example of the environmentally-conscious mindset and framework that WildArk maintains, in its work in Africa and around the globe. Learn more:


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