Departing Joshua Tree Superintendent Slams Desert Solar

Mark Butler with his A 38-year veteran of the National Park Service who capped his career by spending three years running Joshua Tree National Park has come out against a solar project proposed for the central Mojave Desert in no uncertain terms.

Mark Butler, who retired from his post at Joshua Tree's Superintendent last month, penned an op-ed in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times in which he slams the Soda Mountain Solar project near the Mojave National Preserve, calling it contrary to the mission of the National Park Service.

"After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my 'flat hat' this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park," wrote Butler. "That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert."

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