Only found within the Mojave Desert of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, the Joshua Tree has survived since the Pleistocene era, about 2.5 million years -- but now, they are more at risk of extinction than ever.
Since the region where the Joshua Tree is located is so at risk for wildfires, and with the number of wildfires increasing yearly - this poses an imminent threat to the tree's survival. One uncontrollable raging wildfire could wipe this plant species from the planet.
“The Joshua trees are very flammable. They’ll die, and they won’t come back,” says Debra Hughson, chief of science and resource stewardship at the Mojave National Preserve. Read more here.