Park Updates Superintendent’s Compendium for 2012

posted Mar 14, 2012, 6:39 PM by JTCA Contact

Joshua Tree National Park has issued revised park regulations contained in the 2011 Superintendent’s Compendium. The Compendium is a list of park-specific regulations National Park Service Superintendents are authorized to issue under the Code of Federal Regulations (36CFR sec.1.5).

The Compendium codifies park regulations “necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.”

Revisions to the 2011 Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent’s Compendium are as follows:

  • Five new and one expanded climbing/bouldering routes have been closed to protect sensitive cultural resources.
  • Addition to justification prohibiting public entry to mine adits and shafts to reflect negative impacts associated with white-nosed syndrome on bat populations.
  • Modifies weapons possession section to conform to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.
  • Authorizes caching or storage of food supplies by backcountry and wilderness hikers for up to 14 days if properly tagged without being considered abandoned property.

The 2012 revisions to the Superintendent’s Compendium are adopted with the issuance of this press release. Warnings will be issued for the first 30 days.

A complete copy of the Superintendent’s Compendium is available on the park’s web site at:

Questions about the Superintendent’s Compendium and the current revisions should be directed to Acting Chief Ranger Jeff Ohlfs at 760-367-5548.