The Mojave Desert is the driest desert in North America, and is home to Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Mojave National Preserve, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Havasu, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, the Hoover Dam, and Snow Canyon State Park.
The Joshua Tree is the indicator species of the Mojave, and native only to this area. The Mojave Desert, while it may look barren, is home to a plethora of flora and fauna, including dozens that rely on the Joshua Tree for food, shelter and habitat.
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Climate Change is threatening the Joshua Tree.
Human impact is affecting every single ecosystem on earth, from the ice caps, to the oceans, and even our deserts. The deserts are known for their harsh and extreme temperatures, but the flora and fauna native to these lands are being negatively affected by the increasingly hotter and drier climates due to global climate change.
The iconic Joshua Tree is threatened by climate change due to the increased temperatures and more arid climate, and the problem is multifaceted.
The specific pollinator of the Joshua Tree, the Yucca Moth, completely dependent on Joshua Trees to survive and without this moth, the Joshua Tree cannot reproduce.
Non-native and invasive grasses are flourishing all throughout the Mojave desert, which is increasing the number and magnitude of wildfires, and is wiping out entire populations of Joshua Trees.
The pollution from cities and vehicles fertilizes the non-native grasses, causing them to grow faster and more dense.
The hotter and drier climate is too harsh for baby Joshua Trees, and they are unable to last through the now harsher summers.