What better way to spend Earth Day than tending the Earth? We’re not yet sure which weed(s) in which locations will be in need of our services most, but sign on to participate, and we’ll guarantee a day of doing good for the planet! There may even be a prize for the sweatiest person at the end of the day!
First, the meeting time(s) and place:
If you want to camp: in the Park the night before and/or after, please let Jennifer know ASAP–I will send you special instructions.
If you wish to rideshare to the Park from Palm Desert and return the same day, this group will need to meet at 6:30 am on Saturday morning (4/22) at the Sam’s Club at Monterey and Dinah Shore in the parking lot near the gas station. Let me know if this is your preference, so that we can make sure the group does not leave without you. Please try to reduce vehicle traffic in the park by ridesharing!
At the Park:
We will meet at the Juniper Flats trailhead. Please see attached map. Coming from the Coachella Valley, enter the park through the West Entrance (Joshua Tree entrance). NOTE: There is no fee required on 4/22. After passing Intersection Rock, Hidden Valley and Barker Dam turnoff, continue for approx. 1.5 miles and take the next right toward Keys View. After approximately one mile, turn into the first parking lot on the right side. This is the Juniper Flats trailhead (I think it’s right before the sign that says Lost Horse Valley with the elevation labeled). Park Staff will be waiting there with a folding table set up for you to sign volunteer forms. Plan to arrive at the trailhead between 8 and 8:30 to sign forms. We will have extra work gloves available for volunteers, but if you have your own that is usually best. Be sure to bring at least 3 liters of water (and a pack to carry it), sunscreen, a brimmed hat and snacks, and a lunch if you plan to stay at the park after the event. We will have extra water and sunscreen, but it is best to come prepared. Trash bags will be provided, and no tools are necessary. We’ll wrap up by noon. Expect to walk a couple of kilometers (back and forth) across a flat valley. Looks like it’s going to be a warm day, but should be nice in the morning up there unless its windy….
As far as your gear and clothing, I always recommend long pants and long sleeves (layers are best), mainly for sun protection, as well as sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Hats are essential.
Please check all clothing, boots, shoes and gear the night before to make sure that you do not bring in unwanted seeds/plant material from other areas—I typically wash my boots and gear between hikes/projects to minimize the possibility of tracking in new weeds. Prevention and common sense are key to our success in the battle against invasive species!
Please confirm whether you plan to attend, by contacting [email protected] If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need to contact me for any reason after business hours or on Saturday, please use my cell: (760) 568-9918. We do have room for a few more volunteers, so feel free to pass this note along to others who might be interested, but let them know to contact me no later than Friday, as space is limited!
Thank you for your willingness to participate in this important project to help preserve the biodiversity and natural beauty of this very special place. I’m looking forward to a great day, doing great things with great people!
Thanks for all you do,
Friends of the Desert Mountains
Conservation Lands Manager