JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK -- In recognition of the importance of climbing issues,
Joshua Tree National Park has hired a climbing ranger.
John Lauretig began duty at Joshua Tree the begining of November.
He will be implementing the climbing management portion of the park's Backcountry and Wilderness
Management Plan and building upon the parks relationship with the climbing community.
"As we begin to implement the Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan, we recognized the need to have someone on the staff who would
concentrate their efforts on the climbing management component of the plan," stated Superintendent Ernest Quintana.
Lauretig began his career with the Student Conservation Association in 1989 at Canyonlands National Park.
He gain experience with climbing issues there and later as a Park Ranger at Acadia National Park.