Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2020

Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species 

The La Times reports

Joshua trees face the risk of extinction after decades of development, drought and more frequent wildfires due to climate change in their Mojave Desert stronghold, according to state wildlife authorities who are recommending that the trees be considered for listing as an endangered species.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife on Monday said it based its recommendation on a review of a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, which argues that the western Joshua tree’s spindly desert woodlands are “likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future” without protection under the California Endangered Species Act.

Read more Scientists say Joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species – Los Angeles Times


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