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Visitors chainsaw iconic Joshua trees in U.S. national park – “What’s going on at Joshua Tree National Park is a travesty to this nation”

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Desdemona Despair

By Jeanna Bryner
10 January 2019

(Live Science) – Joshua trees are beautiful, but humans can be pretty awful.

That’s what park rangers learned during the first week or so of the partial government shutdown.

Joshua Tree National Park is about the size of Delaware, but only eight law-enforcement rangers were tasked with protecting the 1,238 square mile (3,207 square kilometers) wonderland during the shutdown.

The result? Visitors did not play by the rules, cutting illegal roads, chopping down the park’s most famous occupants — the Joshua trees — and damaging federal property, according to the nonprofit National Parks Traveler.

“There are about a dozen instances of extensive vehicle traffic off roads and in some cases into wilderness,” said the park’s superintendent David Smith, as reported by National Parks Traveler. “We have two new roads that were created inside the park. We had destruction of government property with the cutting of chains and locks for people to access campgrounds. We’ve never seen this level of out-of-bounds camping. Every day use area was occupied every evening.” [All Yours: 10 Least Visited National Parks]

Smith added, “Joshua trees were actually cut down in order to make new roads.”

Due to the vandalism and sanitation issues, Smith had scheduled a park closure beginning today (Jan. 10). However, instead the park has allocated funds from recreation fees, averting a temporary closure, he said. […]

The cut-down trees, however, are irreplaceable, as they take some 60 years to mature and live for more than 500 years. The tree, called Yucca brevifolia, often grows alongside its relative the Mojave yucca, Yucca schidigera — both are part of the Agave family. [more]

Visitors Chainsaw Iconic Joshua Trees in National Park During Gov’t Shutdown


‘A travesty to this nation’: People are destroying Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park



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    • Rockledge

      Hey, what the hell, our borders are open. Why not be consistent? Why should are parks be any more secure than the country is?

      We let criminal invaders come here and demand whatever they want, parks and other publicly held assets should be no different.

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