1. National park visitors cut down protected Joshua trees during partial government shutdown  CNN
  2. The View From Shenandoah: The Shutdown Is a Middle Finger to Our Civil Servants and National Parks  Slate
  3. ‘A travesty to this nation’: People are destroying Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park  The Washington Post
  4. What fees can (and cannot) do for our national parks | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Stop Playing Shutdown Politics with Our Parks  National Review
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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.

Slate’s Use of Your Data

The government-shutdown circus highlights how recreation fees can be a vital part of running parks.

Contrary to the howls of some partisans, our national parks have not descended into dangerous, trash-filled squalor over the three-weeks partial government shutdown.