It could take hundreds of years for Joshua Tree national park to recover from damage caused during shutown | GBRI

Joshua Tree national park

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.

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