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A petition to list the western Joshua tree as a threatened species is under consideration by the California Fish and Game Commission. If the proposal is approved, the Joshua Tree would be protected under the California Endangered Species Act.

On May 19, 2020 the Town Council directed the submission of a letter opposing the petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The public is encouraged to submit letters of opposition to the California Fish and Game Commission prior to the decision scheduled for mid-June 2020.

Sample Letter to California Fish and Game Commission

California Fish and Game Commission
P. O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

or by email to
(Include "Petition to List the Western Joshua Tree" in the subject line.)

At A Glance

  • The Joshua tree already receives protection at the local, state and federal levels, making this listing redundant.
  • The Joshua tree is NOT presently threatened with extinction.
  • If listed as threatened, private property owners will be required to endure costly compliance through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - Forcing property owners to hire biologists and specialists to receive a permit for any construction or even yard work.
  • The Town Council and the community understands the importance of the iconic Joshua tree and takes pride in the local species inventory.

Current Local Requirements

The Town of Yucca Valley requires an approved Native Plant Permit prior to the removal, relocation or trimming of Joshua trees and other native plant species. The Town's adopted Development Code contains specific regulations with respect to native desert plant protection.