Victory for Joshua Tree National Park

Credit: FWS/Ryan Hagerty
Credit: FWS/Ryan Hagerty

Thousands of Audubon members living in Western states have won a victory over special interests trying to build a dump near Joshua Tree National Park. Last month, Audubon members responded in great numbers to an action alert that Joshua Tree National Park was threatened by what would have been the nation’s largest landfill just 2500 yards from the Park’s boundaries. Last November, a federal court rejected a land exchange that would have allowed the landfill plan to proceed. Just a few days ago, thanks to a huge public outcry from thousands of Audubon members and other concerned citizens, the Department of Interior backed away from plans to appeal the court decision, acknowledging the importance of a healthy environment to the communities, businesses, tourists—and birds!—that value a national park over a garbage dump.

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