The efforts to reverse Department of Interior's position were spearheaded by two citizens concerned about misguided policy in California's deserts--Donna and Larry Charpied. At issue is the landfill company's proposed land swap, trading private land for the public land near the Park necessary to operate the dump. A lower court rejected the land swap, but the company appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court. Until the recent victory, Interior supported the company's appeal. Without Interior's support, the landfill company's petition before the Supreme Court is weakened, although the Court has yet to rule on the matter.
|The iconic namesake of Joshua Tree National Park.|