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Cima Dome Joshua Tree Forest Restoration
March 4 @ 8:00 am - March 13 @ 5:00 pm
In August 2020, the Dome Fire burned over 44,000 acres (~70 square miles) of one of the densest and largest Joshua tree forests in the world on Cima Dome. While assessing the damage to the forest, we noticed some areas with fairly low to moderate burn intensity with pockets of unburned islands. However, the burn intensity throughout most of the fire was catastrophic and nearly all aboveground vegetation was scorched and would not survive. We estimated that over a million trees were burned in the fire.
Cima Dome is modelled to be a climate refugia for the species. However, Joshua trees have poor seed dispersal and may only migrate about 100 feet for every 20 years. So the Mojave National Preserve is taking steps to ensure there are trees, and more specially a seed source, within the badly affected areas of the burn so they may reestablished naturally before the effects of climate change impact the recruitment and sustainability of the population on Cima Dome.
Directions to Valley View Ranch
• From Los Angeles:
– Take I-15 North to Cima Rd. (Exit 272). Turn right (south) off exit. Drive for ~10.0
miles and take a right onto a gravel road which will have a “Volunteer Event”
sign. Drive for about 1.67 miles until you reach Valley View Ranch. Make your
way to the ranch house where I will be waiting under a white EZ-UP.
• From Las Vegas
– Take I-15 South to Cima Rd. (Exit 272). Follow the directions above.
• From Kingman, AZ
– Take US-93 North to AZ-68 towards Laughlin. In Laughlin, take NV-163 towards
US-95. Drive north on US-95 towards Searchlight. In Searchlight, take a left onto
NV-164 (Joshua Tree Highway/Nipton Rd.). Drive until you reach the I-15 and
turn left (south). Take I-15 to Cima Rd. exit and follow instructions above.
Volunteers are recommended to have:
Comfortable with desert hiking experience
Ability to hike 3-5 miles
Ability to carry up to 30 lbs.
Ability to navigate and collect data by GPS and/or mobile apps
Ability to be self-sufficient while camping