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January 11, 2019
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California's Joshua Tree National Park won't be closing because of the partial government shutdown after all.
As with other national parks, lack of staff has led to problems with human waste, trash and environmental damage. But on Wednesday, the National Park Service said it's freed enough money from recreation fees to prevent the closure of outdoor areas, although most visitor centers won't operate. Authorities say the money will allow them to bring back maintenance staff to deal with problems.