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Some national park Joshua trees have been cut down during the government shutdown

Some national park Joshua trees have been cut down during the government shutdownNational Park Service photos show several Joshua trees have been cut down by off-roaders since the partial government shutdown started.



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

Visitors Chainsaw Iconic Joshua Trees in National Park During Gov't ShutdownJoshua 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.

"National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to address sanitation issues, the park will be able to maintain some visitor services, including reopening the campgrounds," read a park statement. "The park will also bring on additional staff to ensure the protection of park resources and mitigate some of the damage that has occurred during the lapse of appropriations."

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.

As if posing for an album cover or a backdrop in a Dr. Seuss book, Joshua trees look both stoic and whimsical, their spindly, sometimes bushy, limbs twisting out from the trunk. Legend has it that Mormon immigrants who made their way across the Colorado River in the mid-19th century named the trees after the biblical Joshua, "seeing the limbs of the tree as outstretched in supplication, guiding the travelers westward," vegetation specialist Jane Rodgers writes on the National Park Service website.

Read more about the ecological wonders of the Joshua Tree National Park, including its range of sights, from sand dunes and dry lakes to granite monoliths and oases, and two distinct desert regions — the Mojave and Colorado.

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Originally published on Live Science.



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Venezuela releases imprisoned American Joshua Holt

Venezuela releases imprisoned American Joshua HoltSen. Bob Corker helped broker the release of Holt and his wife Thamy, who were accused of stockpiling weapons and held for two years without trial. They returned to the U.S. on Saturday.



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Joshua Tree Case: 3 Children Allegedly Found Living in a Box in the California Desert

Joshua Tree Case: 3 Children Allegedly Found Living in a Box in the California DesertMona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, were arrested in Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday.



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Missing man Joshua Thiede found at Los Angeles-area hospital, friends say

Missing man Joshua Thiede found at Los Angeles-area hospital, friends sayJoshua Thiede, an Uber and Lyft driver who had been reported missing for more than a week, was found Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital, his friends said.



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Sedan of missing man Joshua Thiede found in Los Angeles neighborhood

Sedan of missing man Joshua Thiede found in Los Angeles neighborhoodThe vehicle of missing man Joshua Thiede, who is an Uber and Lyft driver, was found in an area of Los Angeles just east of Hollywood Monday.



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Where is Joshua Thiede? Uber and Lyft Driver Dialed 911 Day He Disappeared, Family Says

Where is Joshua Thiede? Uber and Lyft Driver Dialed 911 Day He Disappeared, Family SaysJoshua Thiede was last seen driving for either Uber or Lyft on Wilshire Boulevard just north of the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles, Calif. last Monday.



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There May Be a Hidden Agenda in Hong Kong's Ruling to Spare Joshua Wong From Prison

There May Be a Hidden Agenda in Hong Kong's Ruling to Spare Joshua Wong From PrisonHuman rights advocates said the court's decision could have a "chilling" effect on pro-democracy cases in the future



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Joshua Boyle: Canadian father held hostage by Taliban in Afghanistan for five years charged with sexual assault

Joshua Boyle: Canadian father held hostage by Taliban in Afghanistan for five years charged with sexual assaultA father held hostage by Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan for five years has been charged with sexual assault. Joshua Boyle, 34, who with his wife Caitlan Coleman Boyle was captured by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan in October 2012, will have his case discussed during a brief preliminary hearing at a court in Ottowa, Canada, on Wednesday. The Canadian citizen, whose American wife gave birth to their three children while in captivity, faces a total of 15 charges, including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two claims of unlawful confinement, and one accusation of uttering death threats.



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Former Hostage Joshua Boyle Facing 15 Charges, Including Assault

Former Hostage Joshua Boyle Facing 15 Charges, Including AssaultA Canadian man held captive by a Taliban-linked group for five years was arrested Monday in Ottawa on charges of assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement, among others, his lawyer told Canadian Press.



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