Environmentalists are furious at pop singer Miley Cyrus this week after she posted a selfie from a fragile Joshua Tree.
In a pajama-clad picture, Miley captioned, "Hiding from all the petty drama like."
And the Internet didn't like it.
It was not immediately clear if Cyrus took the photos in San Bernardino County or at the Joshua Tree National Park in California. However, the trees are protected at the Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and in several other cities, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, Joshua trees are not trees but succulents — “a type of plant that stores water.” The plant can grow up to 9 feet tall before it branches. They are most commonly found in the Mojave Desert in southwestern region of the United States. The plants have a long life and one tree located in California is believed to be more than 1,000 years old.
George Land, a spokesperson for Joshua Tree National Park told the Palm Springs Desert Sun that they “would appreciate it that people would respect the fact that desert vegetation is a little bit fragile at times.”
“We don’t want to incite people to carry out some kind of threat against Miley Cyrus, or anybody else that would do that,” he said. “We would just remind her that she has a big following, people watch what she does, and it would be greatly appreciated by the Park Service and the people around the area if she would maybe curb that type of activity, especially posting it on her social media page.”