posted by dpm on 03/06/2011
The Obama Administration has dealt a heavy blow to the proposed Eagle Mountain dump at Eagle Mountain, nestled in the arms of Joshua Tree National Park. For nearly 24 years the department of the interior has backed a plan to create a trash dump bordering Joshua Tree National Park in California. Despite being just outside of the park boundary it was believed by many climbers and activists that the dump would have significant effects on the delicate ecosystem within the park. In a press release by the Desert Protective Council it was stated that:
Kaiser’s dump project would have transformed 4,654 acres of canyons south and west of Joshua Tree National Park into the world’s largest garbage dump, which would have received 20,000 tons of garbage per day, 6 days a week, for up to 16 hours per day, with dumping operations going 24 hours a day. Kaiser would have received 3,481 acres of public lands in exchange for 2,846 acres of private land and $20,100. The thousands of acres of undisturbed canyons that would have been covered with trash presently provide habitat for the threatened desert tortoise and sensitive bighorn sheep, and provide a spectacular visual backdrop for those hiking and camping in Joshua Tree National Park’s remote wilderness areas. Now it is time for these exchange lands to be returned to Joshua Tree National Park, where they originated.
The red outline depicts the proposed dump site bordering Joshua Tree National Park.
Photo: Howard Gross/NPCA, National Park Service
The recent shifting of the Department of the Interior’s stance on the dump is a huge success for the activists and climbers that love and fought to preserve Joshua Tree National Park. Read the full press release for more details and information on how to donate to the cause.