GARY DAIGNEAULT SERVED AS CHAIR OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK COMMISSION FROM 1996-2004

GARY DAIGNEAULT SERVED AS CHAIR OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK COMMISSION FROM 1996-2004

The Congressional passage of the California Desert Conservation Act created the “Joshua Tree National Park Advisory Commission” in October of 1994. When the National Park Service convened the mandated Commission in 1996. Gary Daigneault of Twentynine Palms was elected by the other commission members as it’s Chairman. In fact, Daigneault was the Commissions only chairman for it’s entire life, reelected again in 2000. The Commission was charged with advising the Park Superintendent on the resolution of 8 specific issues in JTNP. One of those issues, regarding rules for Rock climbing in the park, was particularly difficult and divisive. Under Daigneault’s leadership, rock climbing activists and groups were brought in to come up with solutions. The resulting agreement was praised by those on both sides of the issue. It is still in affect and is used as a benchmark by other National parks. The Commission, under Daigneault’s leadership, also advised the Superintendent on matters relating to 4-wheel drive use, Equestrian uses, Mountain Bike usage, Guzzlers, and Tortoise management. The Commission was disbanded, according to the provisions of the Act, in 2004.