Joshua Tree National Park and Gateway Chambers Host Economic Symposium in Twentynine Palms

posted Nov 30, 2011, 3:09 AM by JTCA Contact   [ updated Nov 30, 2011, 3:14 AM ]

Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms Chambers of Commerce and the Morongo Basin Regional Economic Development Consortium will host a half-day symposium on Tuesday afternoon, December 6, The National Parks Economic Symposium will highlight the unique economic relationships between national parks and their surrounding communities. The event is free to the public and is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Community Center at 74325 Joe Davis Drive, adjacent to Luckie Park.

The conference will feature subject matter experts from the National Park Service and academia, as well as presentations by local community leaders. Issues and topics to be addressed will include demographics of national park visitors, visitor studies in the national parks, and the economic effects of national park visitors in gateway communities that border national parks. The symposium has been designed to complement the sessions and presentations that will be the focus of the Western Governors Association meeting to be held in Yucca Valley on Wednesday, December 7 (see

The National Parks Economic Symposium is free to the public. For more information call Joshua Tree National Park’s 75th Anniversary Coordinator George Land at 760 367-5507 or by email at:

Draft Symposium Agenda:

1:00 Welcome, Owen Gillick, Master of Ceremonies
1:05 Park Superintendent Mark Butler, Opening Remarks
1:10 Bruce Peacock, Chief, Environmental Quality Division, National Park Service “Social Science Program Overview”
1:35 Bret Meldrum, Branch Chief, Visitor Use and Social Science, Resources Management and Science Division, Yosemite National Park “Human and Resource Landscape Integration”
2:00 Maureen Snelgrove, Deputy Director, San Bernardino County Representative "Title to be determined"
2:25 Break
2:35 Mark Nuaimi, Yucca Valley Town Manager “Yucca Valley, 20 Years Young and still Growing”
3:00 Richard Warne, Twentynine Palms City Manager “Joshua Tree National Park and the City of Twentynine Palms, A Value Added Partnership”
3:25 Daniel J. Stynes, Professor Emeritus, Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation & Resource Studies, Michigan State University “Economic Variables & Money Generation Model”
3:50 Wrap Up and Close Out, Superintendent Mark Butler

Joe Zarki
Public Information Officer
Joshua Tree National Park

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Nov 30, 2011, 3:09 AM