February 13, 2019
Trees vandalized at Joshua Tree National Park
JOSHUA TREE - Joshua Tree National Park has stayed open through the government shutdown, despite a lack of funding and staffing. But it reportedly hasn't made it through unscathed.

A post by National Parks Travelerdetails the extent of the damage the park has sustained during 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.

In some cases, Joshua trees were reportedly cut down so off-roaders could get around barriers. The spiky-leaved Joshua tree, or Yucca brevifolia, is found in the southern California national park that bears its name, as well as other parts of the American Southwest.
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