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The government shutdown may be over, but the damage to national parks such as Joshua Tree and Yellowstone could be permanent

The shutdown may have caused irreparable damage to wildlife and the environment.
Visitors were still collecting full bags of trash at at Lassen National Forest on January 15.

National parks have already reached a nightmare scenario of trash piles and destroyed trees during the government shutdown

In the midst of a government shutdown, the conditions at national parks could threaten visitor and wildlife safety.
A Joshua tree stands at Joshua Tree National Park on January 4, 2019 in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

California’s iconic Joshua Tree National Park is shutting down due to vandalism and sanitation problems

The park has seen its namesake Joshua trees being vandalised and toilets overflowing due to a lack of staff during the ongoing government shutdown.