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Interior Declines to List Joshua Tree as Threatened

Aug. 14, 2019, 7:27 PM

The Trump administration won’t list the Joshua tree as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, according to a notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Aug. 15.

The Joshua tree faces extinction because of climate change, according to research published in July by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, the Great Basin Institute, and the Joshua Tree National Park in California.

The tree grows only in the Mojave Desert and surrounding areas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision was announced a day after WildEarth Guardians filed a lawsuit Aug. 13...

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