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Thu. Apr 25th, 2019

Joshua Tree Damages to Last Three Centuries

The government shutdown resulted in damages to the Joshua Tree National Park that the former superintendent says could take 300 years to resolve.

Visitors to the park actually cut down ancient Joshua trees — which take a full 60 years just to mature — so that they could make illegal roadways into the park.

Human waste from illegal camp sites also contributed to incalculable ecological damage to the park, which houses trees as old as 1,000 years.

Friends of Joshua Tree nonprofit director John Lauretig argues that the park should be completely closed if the government shuts down again to prevent any further damage.

“If the government doesn’t fund or staff the parks appropriately, then they should just close the parks to protect the parks and protect the people.”

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