What the San Bernardino County government is doing to Joshua Tree is a disgrace — foolishly marring what should be the County’s crown jewel.
The National Park’s attendance has soared in the last two years, and our area’s profile continues to rise (fwiw) with a steady stream of national media profiles — New York Times, National Geographic, GQ, countless fashion shoots, etc. — with more to come.
Yet the County is working to diminish Joshua Tree, piece by piece.
First, they approved a Dollar General store. Then, they approved two large fenced industrial solar fields in sight of the Park. Now, they’ve approved a developer’s plan (“Alta Mira”) to bulldoze wilderness to put in gated, high-density housing.
Since Joshua Tree is unincorporated, our village has zero power over these decisions. So, we file lawsuits, which we fund out of our small community’s pockets. What’s happening here is heartbreaking.
Please help out, if you can…