Joshua trees cut down, desert vandalized at Joshua Tree National Park during government shutdown

Joshua Tree National Park has stayed open through the government shutdown, despite a lack of funding and staffing. But it hasn’t made it through unscathed.
A report by National Parks Traveler details the extent of the damage the park has sustained in the past several weeks. Beyond the overflow of human waste and garbage, visitors have also cut down Joshua trees, left graffiti, and gone off-roading through “pristine desert,” according to park superintendent David Smith.

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