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Ex-USNPS chief: Impacts of shutdown go way beyond closed restrooms

The toilets at Joshua Tree National Park — a world of palm oases, lizard-dominated wilderness, and desert tortoises — are overflowing.

Due to the ongoing government shutdown that started on Dec. 22, there is zero funding for most Park Service employees. Hence, Joshua Tree announced that it is now forced to close its popular campgrounds, beginning on Jan. 2.

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