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Writers on the Range: Requiem for the Joshua tree

Though threatened by mining, Joshua trees thrive in Conglomerate Mesa, Inyo County, California.
Louis Medina
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Friends of the Inyo
Though threatened by mining, Joshua trees thrive in Conglomerate Mesa, Inyo County, California.

This week, contributor Pepper Trail tells us about the Joshua tree, an iconic symbol of the American West facing dire challenges. Threatened by development, invasive plants, and climate change-driven fires, these unique trees are in catastrophic decline after surviving the Mojave Desert for millions of years.