Western Joshua Tree
The Western Joshua Tree, Yucca brevifolia was designated as a candidate species for listing as threatened under California’s Endangered Species Act. Our local grassroots organization worked with the petitioner, Brendan Cummings of Center for Biological Diversity along with other supporters to help bring awareness of the critical need to protect this endemic species that only occurs in the Mojave Desert.
Below is information on obtaining permits for the removal of a dead Western Joshua Tree, trimming and take (removal) while under the candidacy period. Unfortunately Fish and Game commissioners approved "emergency take" for the jurisdictions of Palmdale, Yucca Valley, San Bernardino unincorporate and several solar projects. (Renewable energy is not as "green" as they protray themselves to be).
Yucca Valley application for a 2084 TAKE permit contact Town of Yucca Valley Planning Commission.
(760) 369-6575, ext. 317
Palmdale Planning Division
San Bernardino County (unincorporated)
Building and Safety Department
Documenting the incident:
get the address.
if no address is visible mark your location by dropping a pin on your smartphone and save the information.
take photos and vidoes
take photos of vehicles involved, license plates if possible.
BE CAREFUL, we have experienced aggression from those illegally removing the Western Joshua Tree. We have casually asked if they had permits and where they were taking the Joshua Trees in the past. Once again heed caution, but document away!
If you witness destruction to a Western Joshua Tree contact CALTIP
In addition to contacting CALTIP, if the incident occured in unincorporated sections of San Bernadino County, Palmdale, Yucca Valley contact code enforcement. (Contact below)
SBC Code Enforcement
(909) 884-4056 press 1
Palmdale Code Enforcement
Palmdale Planning Department
Yucca Valley Code Enforcement
Yucca Valley Planning Division
(760) 369-6575 X317
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