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LOCATION 22 | Joshua Tree National Park Audio Driving Tour
Ecology of Park
Joshua Tree National Park is a balance between nature and man's desire to see and exploit it. This park is a delicate ecosystem that involves animals and plants that have lived here for thousands of years. The more recent encroachment of man has endangered such habitats.
Special places like this need to be protected now more than ever, as humans inhabit more and more of the planet. That's why, in 1994, the Desert Protection Act set aside over two million acres for conservation. Joshua Tree National Park was designated a national park as well.
This unique and delicate environment contains some of the largest Joshua Trees in the world. We must remember to protect the thing that we depend upon most. The earth is a sensitive environment and requires democratic management of its resources. The park system does just that. Over 13 million acres have been protected by the national parks. These are all public lands. That means that every American citizen actually owns this very land. But don't worry about this backyard; there's no need to mow the grass.
Walt Whitman once said, "the world is too much with us here and soon getting and spending we lay waste our powers. There is very little that is ours. A sordid boon!"
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Nature is where you can find yourself again and escape the artificial world that estranges us from our natural selves.
I'll leave you to drive through the wilderness in silence for a while, to soak in the wonder of nature. You'll hear from me in a few minutes.