It’s been CRAZY here in the Joshua Tree desert. Farmers are clearing entire square miles of Joshua Tree forest for almonds and other fruit and nut trees. They’re using the water in our aquifers without any well monitoring, they clear-cut without any environmental review and they destroy one of the most beautiful Joshua Tree forests anywhere.
So I’ve attended water meetings and I’m working with groups to stop not only the Joshua Tree massacre, but also the exploitation of our very limited water resources. Incredibly, they are growing alfalfa in the middle of the desert!
I’ve been struggling to recover from many rain and wind storms, fixing washouts and fences. Lived here since 2000 and have never experienced a winter with so much rain and clouds.
Finally we’re getting ready for some serious planting and transplanting. Today we started with planting a rescue Joshua Tree. We hope it will live!