It may take hundreds of years for Joshua Tree to recover from the government shutdown

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Joshua Tree National Park. Photo credit: Christopher Michel/CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

Joshua Tree National Park is still recovering from the impact of the government shutdown. Environmentalists say the impact could be felt for hundreds of years. The furloughed staff returned to work this week and the park is operating fully again. But as another shutdown looms, friends of the park worry that the worst is yet to come.