By George Land, NPS
Joshua Tree National Park as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. That increase also means an increase in graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Superintendent David Smith says, “99% of visitors are respectful and truly appreciate the pristine scenery the park has to offer. Unfortunately, there are visitors who feel it necessary to damage what Mother Nature has produced."
PHOTO; PAUL'S PHOTOGRAPHY
The park, in its efforts to more closely monitor and mitigate graffiti, is asking for the public’s help and providing some easy ways for visitors to aid in the process. Park officials ask visitors to report incidents of graffiti that they encounter to a new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, new graffiti reporting forms will be available at park visitor centers and entrance stations. Keep in mind, when reporting graffiti, to provide a good, detailed description of the location. Photos and GPS coordinates are also very helpful in order to ensure a quick response.
Joshua Tree National Park is a magical and unique landscape. Your vigilance and taking a few moments to report graffiti that you happen upon will ensure that the park stays that way.