It was Trump government’s decision to keep most of the national parks open to public during the recent government shutdown, even when most of the employees were gone. The result – within a few weeks, several parks reported dirty and overflowing toilets, human feces along trails, littering, and people off-roading and destroying the land.
Joshua Tree national park was among those that were badly affected – people had actually cut down the park’s iconic trees and vegetation to make way for vehicles to go off-roading through the desert.
The former superintendent of Joshua Tree national park has said it could take hundreds of years to recover from damage caused by visitors during the longest-ever government shutdown.
“What’s happened to our park in the last 34 days is irreparable for the next 200 to 300 years,” Curt Sauer said at a rally, according to a report from the Desert Sun. Sauer retired in 2010 after running the park for seven years.