San Bernardino County greatly values the Western Joshua tree as an iconic symbol of the Mojave Desert and actively supports efforts to protect and preserve the species. However, the county opposed AB 122/SB 122, the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act Budget Trailer Bill, which was passed by the Legislature and is expected to be signed by the Governor today. The legislation fails to properly balance protection of the species with the needs of our residents and business community, thereby threatening the quality of life in our deserts.