Letter: Support Candidacy of Joshua Tree as Threatened

 
Posted by on June 11, 2020

Related MBCA News follows this letter.
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    MDLT Provides Comprehensive Joshua Tree Regulations

    Posted by · February 09, 2021 7:45 PM
    Alexandra Hicks' photo of sunset and Joshua Tree
    (Photo by Alexandra Hicks)
    We are grateful to the Mojave Desert Land Trust for assembling and publishing a comprehensive guide to the new regulations regarding Western Joshua trees.
    Last fall the California Fish and Game Commission voted to advance this iconic Mojave desert plant as a candidate for threatened species status. There is a one-year assessment period when special regulations regarding their movement or destruction are in place.
    Refresh yourself on the situation by reading our September 23 News Update then go to MDLT's Western Joshua Tree Regulations page for all the current requirements.
     
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    EBlast January 16, 2021

    Posted by · January 16, 2021 11:03 AM
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    • Joshua Tree Candidacy as Threatened Status
    • Draft EIS for Amendment to DRECP Issued
    • Federal Energy Policy in Southern California
    • Check the MBCA Calendar for Online Events
     
     
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    EBlast December 1, 2020

    Posted by · December 01, 2020 10:36 AM
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    • Joshua Tree Candidacy for Threatened Status
    • Desert Tortoise Candidacy for Endangered Status
    • Countywide Plan / Repeal of Community Plans
    • Stagecoach Solar
    • XPressWest Wildlife Crossings
    • Stinknet Invasive Plant!
    • Virtually Attend MBCA Board Meetings
    • Check the MBCA Calendar for Online Events
    • Support MBCA through Amazon Smile
     
     
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    EBlast August 3, 2020

    Posted by · August 04, 2020 8:01 AM
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    • Desert Wise Living Landscape Desert Tour 2020 goes virtual!
    • Petition to list yucca brevifolia as a threatened species
    • Opposition to Eagle Crest pumped storage project
    • Reject nomination of William Pendley to head BLM
    • Daggett Solar Energy project update
    • Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in the Morongo Basin
    • Complete the 2020 Census
    • Support MBCA through Amazon Smile
     
     
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    More News on the Proposed Joshua Tree Listing

    Posted by · July 06, 2020 1:30 PM
    This Los Angeles Times article highlights and summarizes the conflict locally and at the state level about listing the Joshua Tree as a threatened species in California. Assemblymember Chad Mayes is reported to have filed a "hastily crafted emergency bill" to make it easier to "take" threatened or endangered species when economic development or infrastructure is at issue.
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    MBCA Supports Listing the Joshua Tree as Threatened

    Posted by · June 12, 2020 12:12 PM
    Read MBCA's letter to the California Fish & Game Commission supporting the listing of Yucca brevifolia, the western Joshua tree, as a threatened species. For background see our recent News Update on the topic and the second item in the June 8 EBlast.
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    EBlast June 8, 2020

    Posted by · June 08, 2020 5:23 PM
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    • Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour 2020 goes virtual !
    • Petition to list Yucca brevifolia as a threatened species.
    • A week of Invasive Species Lunchtime Webinars.
    • Opposition to Yellow Pine Solar Project
    • Action on Eagle Crest Pumping Opposition.
    • Funding Mojave Trails Acquisition
    • Environmental Justice in Lucerne Valley.
    • Opposition to Habitat Conservation Fund Budget Trailer Bill.
    • Support for AB3030 For Land and Water Conservation.
    • Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease found in the Morongo Basin.
    • Ruth Denison 2020 Environmental scholarship recipient.
     
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    Comments on Joshua Trees as a California Threatened Species Due June 11

    Posted by · June 03, 2020 8:20 AM
    On April 16 MBCA published a News Update about the requested listing of the Western Joshua tree as a threatened species in California. The petition was presented in October 2019 by the Center for Biological Diversity. In April 2020 the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed that the information provided warranted the listing and referred their opinion to the California Fish and Game Commission. The Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the recommendation on June 25. If they agree, a yearlong review would begin and the trees would be protected during the review. We ask readers to review this very comprehensive Background and Talking Points document and submit comments in favor of the threatened species listing by the deadline of June 11. Send comments via email to [email protected] 
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    EBlast April 20, 2020

    Posted by · April 20, 2020 6:31 PM
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    • Earth Day
    • 50th Anniversary Commemorative book distribution
    • Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour 2020 postponed
    • MBCA and social media initiative
    • Ruth Denison Environmental Scholarship: 2020 recipient
    • OHV enforcement in the Basin: the Sheriff’s report
    • Protecting our dark night sky
    • Advancing protection for Joshua trees
    • Mountain lions to be considered for protection
    • Eagle Crest pumped storage update
    • Morongo Basin health care capability vs COVID-19

     

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    Joshua Trees May Be Designated Threatened in California

    Posted by · April 16, 2020 2:34 PM
    Holey_Joshua_Tree.jpegLast fall the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned California to list the western Joshua tree as a threatened species under California's Endangered Species Act. On April 13 the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife agreed. The Department's Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the recommendation in June. You can find thorough coverage of the story on local radio KCDZ, on the Mojave Watch blog, and in the Desert Sun and Los Angeles Times online newspapers.
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