California Lawmakers Pass Historic Bill to Permanently Protect Climate-Threatened Western Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

California lawmakers have passed a historic bill (Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act) to permanently protect the western Joshua tree, making it the first law in the state aimed at safeguarding a species threatened by climate change. The legislation, part of the state budget agreement, is expected to be signed by Governor Gavin Newsom and take […]

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Climate Change in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua trees in front of snowy mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park is named after the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the Mojave Desert. Originally declared a National Monument in 1936, Joshua Tree National Park was re-designated as a National Park in 1994. Joshua Tree National Park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the […]

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