Mojave Desert Land Trust Executive Director Geary Hund addressed Cyrus’s actions in a statement, encouraging her to remove the photos from her account. "We ask that Miley Cyrus consider her status as a public figure and remove this photo from her social media accounts in order to educate others and to prevent potential damage to Joshua trees,” he wrote, adding, as per the Desert Sun, that extra weight can negatively affect the tree’s branches.
According to Joshua Tree watchdog account, the aptly named Joshua Tree Hates You, this is hardly the first time commercial and social exploits have put the trees at risk.
Cyrus has yet to respond to the backlash, but she has disabled her comments.
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This article originally appeared on InStyle Australia.