JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — Joshua Tree National Park vegetation and fire management staff will resume removing non-native grasses and brush along Covington Flats Road starting Monday, Sept. 9.

Work will begin in the area and will continue for the next several weeks. All roads will remain open, with only minor delays.

This work began in spring in response to heavy winter rains and higher than average growth.

Removing this vegetation will reduce the intensity of a potential fire, allow easier access for fire crews and provide an existing barriers in fire containment, rangers said.

Fires in 1995, 1999, and 2006 demonstrated the sensitivity of Joshua trees and the length of time it takes for these trees to recover. These measures will help mitigate that risk.

For more information, contact Neil Frakes at (760) 367-5564.

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