Revealed: Trump administration forced Joshua Tree to stay open during last US shutdown
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Emails show David Bernhardt of interior department overrode superintendent of California park, causing ‘chaos and destruction’By the time superintendent David Smith decided to close Joshua Tree national park on 7 January 2019, the list of problems was already long. Tire tracks wove through the wilderness mapping a path of destruction where rare plants had been crushed and trees toppled. Charred remains of illegal campfires dotted the desert, and historic cultural artifacts had been plundered....

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