January 8, 2019
John Lauretig, executive director of Friends of Joshua Tree, talks to visitors at Coyote Corner, outside the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in the southern California desert Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. President Donald Trump made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday on the 13th day of the partial government shutdown, as he continued to dig in his heels over his promised border wall. (AP Photo/Krysta Fauria)
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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Destruction of its signature trees and driving off-road during the partial government shutdown have added to problems that will force popular Joshua Tree National Park to temporarily shut down this week.