Joshua tree

High Desert artists L.I. Henley and Zara Kand have created a new chapbook called “From the moon, as I fell” which is full of poetry and paintings inspired both by the desert and by the isolation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. KVCR's Benjamin Purper interviews Henley and Kand about the book, including what the authors call "emotional landscapes," the feminist themes running throughout the book, and how COVID-19 has changed the desert community of Joshua Tree. 

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect western Joshua trees under the California Endangered Species Act.

Joshua trees, which are native to the Mojave Desert, are threatened by climate change and habitat destruction.

Brendan Cummings is the Center for Biological Diversity’s conservation director and a Joshua tree resident.