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). 

SPECIAL ORDER TAKE Section 749.11 Title 14 (click here),This section is information on obtaining a FREE permit to remove a dead Western Joshua Tree or to trim. More information here


Yucca Valley application for a 2084 TAKE permit contact Town of Yucca Valley Planning Commission.
(760) 369-6575, ext. 317


Palmdale Planning Division
(661) 267-5200


 San Bernardino County (unincorporated)
Building and Safety Department
(909) 387-8311



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

(888) 334-2258

Iaddition to contacting CALTIP, if the incident occured in unincorporated sections of San Bernadino County, Palmdale, Yucca Valley contact code enforcement. (Contact below) 


San Bernardino:

SBC Code Enforcement 

(909) 884-4056 press 1

Palmdale Code Enforcement
(661) 267-5234
Palmdale Planning Department
(661) 267-5200

Yucca Valley:
Yucca Valley Code Enforcement
(760) 369-6575
Yucca Valley Planning Division
(760) 369-6575 X317

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