Pics show vandalized protected trees
First reported by Cnn.com
- The National Parks Service has shared pictures of alleged illegal campsites and protected Joshua trees that have been cut down as the park is one of many in the country currently understaffed due to the partial government shutdown.
- Park officials allege that the protect trees were cut down by vandals to make illegal roads for trespassing cars.
- What do you think should happen to those found guilty of vandalizing our national parks?
Vandals cut down Joshua trees to make new roads into out-of-bounds areas, park officials say.
(CNN)There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who take it upon themselves to go to understaffed national parks to keep them clean during the government shutdown, and then those who set up illegal campsites and cut down Joshua trees in the national park of the same name.
“There are about a dozen instances of extensive vehicle traffic off roads and in some cases into wilderness. We had destruction of government property with the cutting of chains and locks for people to access campgrounds,” park Superintendent David Smith told
“We’ve never seen this level of out-of-bounds camping. Every day-use area was occupied every evening. Joshua trees were actually cut down in order to make new roads.”
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Park visitors cut down protected Joshua trees during government shutdown https://t.co/59tnXQOR5F
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WTF? Joshua Tree National Park: Trees cut down during partial government shutdown – CNN https://t.co/KpkNVEUsBG
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