Without Sufficient Water, California Trees Face Additional Challenges

In fact, recent estimates by U.S. Forest Service suggest that the drought has killed off at least 12 million trees from National Forest lands. Before the end of the summer, millions more are expected to perish. And although they are not true trees, Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) – perhaps the most iconic denizens of the desert and well suited for amazingly arid conditions – are even starting to die, courtesy of the drought.