ORV rider destroys several highly endangered silversword plants in Haleakalā NP

A joyriding scofflaw driving off-road near the roof of Haleakalā National Park in Hawai'i killed several threatened Haleakalā silversword plants and damaged a historic trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934, according to the National Park Service.

Rangers on Saturday morning discovered vehicle tracks leaving the paved road at Haleakalā’s summit. The investigation revealed that a single vehicle had driven off the road, killing several Haleakalā silverswords, a federally listed threatened plant that grows nowhere else in the world, a park release said Tuesday.

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