ENTRANCE FREE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS
August 4, 2021, was a free entrance day at Death Valley National Park, and other National Park Service sites around the country. This was a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides substantial funding for maintenance of critical infrastructure in national parks and other public lands. The NationalPark Service has announced that August 4th will continue as an free entrance day in future years - view at: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/legal/great-american-outdoors-act.htm
Other upcoming free entrance days this autumn are:
August 25 – National Park Service’s 105th birthday
September 25 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
Acquisitions bolster Sand to Snow National Monument Wildlife Crossing Hopes
Morongo Valley – The Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT) has acquired a 43-acre parcel within Sand to Snow National Monument. The parcel’s proximity to Highway 62 gives further impetus to future plans for wildlife crossings over this treacherous road.
The new acquisition of 43 acres lies within the national monument (see map) and is in close proximity to MDLT’s highway-fronting lands. Sand to Snow National Monument was designated by President Barack Obama in 2016. In establishing the monument, the President aimed to “permanently protect key wildlife corridors and provide plants and animals with the space and elevation range that they will need in order to adapt to the impacts of climate change”. MDLT actively acquires land within wildlife corridors to connect protected areas, which in turn helps maintain healthy wildlife populations. To date, MDLT has acquired 7,338 acres within the Morongo Basin habitat linkages between Joshua Tree National Park, Sand to Snow National Monument, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in 29 Palms.