JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — For the third year in a row, Nature Valley has paved the way for restoration work around Joshua Tree National Park.
The National Parks Conservation Association, the Bureau of Land Management and 30 local volunteer Marines lent a hand to restore vital desert tortoise habitat Saturday, April 14, in an area plagued with illegal off-road-vehicle trails. The work was made possible with the help of grant funding from Nature Valley.
Working in an area dubbed the Saddle, volunteers used vertical mulch to eliminate spur roads. Seth Shteir of the National Parks Conservation Association said the area is home to nearby permitted off-roading trails, but some riders venture off designated trails and make new ones, often destroying tortoises and their habitat. The desert tortoise is an endangered species.
“Nature Valley has a campaign called Preserve the Parks. Over the past several years they’ve raised $800,000 for restoration projects for America’s parks,” Shteir said.