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Joshua Tree National Park is developing a plan to improve the park's Cottonwood area visitor facilities near Highway 10 to accommodate growing visitation and crowding in the visitor access areas of the district. The visitor center area would be rehabilitated to address growing visitation and provide improved interpretation of the park's unique ecosystem within a more sustainable, comfortable, and energy - efficient building.

* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. Define purpose and need/develop preliminary alternatives
Step 2. Conduct external scoping
Step 3. Refine alternatives
Step 4. Identify environmental impacts and select preferred alternative
Step 5. Prepare draft plan/environmental document
Step 6. Public review of draft plan/environmental document
Step 7. Analysis of public comment
Step 8. Prepare final plan/decision document
Step 9. Release final plan/decision document to the public *

  On April 2, 2019 a Finding of No Significant Impact was determined and approved. The project to improve visitor facilities in the Cottonwood Area will be implemented as soon as the park is able to secure funding.