Climbing Area Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors

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Date: April 10, 2014
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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California –

 Joshua Tree National Park acting Superintendent Andrea Compton has enacted a Temporary Emergency Closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing area affected by this closure is the ”Towers of Uncertainty” area, approximately 4 km, or 2.5 miles south of Geology Tour Road. 

The pair appears to have finished constructing a nest, and this area will remain closed until the nest has been abandoned to ensure the protection of the species for the duration of the nesting activities. The park does not anticipate the closure will last beyond June 15, 2014. The authority granted for such a closure can be found in 36 CFR 1.5 (a) (1).

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