The Times

Joshua Tree National Park Damaged, Trees Toppled During Government Shutdown

As national parks reopened after the partial government shut down, rangers have found piles of trash, feces and reported extensive damage.

Officials at Joshua Tree National Park found trees toppled and about 20 miles of unauthorized new trails carved into the desert landscape by off-road vehicles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Officials also discovered evidence of more than 100 campfires outside the designated campsites, according to the Times.

In addition, a park spokesman also said the national park lost out on over a million dollars in entrance fees due to the government shutdown, the Times reported.

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