Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown

National parks dealing with vandals, human waste in shutdown

As news outlets such as the Washington Post have reported, many of these same businesses are pitching in to complete the jobs the NPS and its contractors manage - as in picking up garbage, cleaning the bathrooms and keeping tabs on the park.

"We have not seen any increase in trash left behind, which is terrific, and we would like to see that continue", she said. "Who knows how it'll be tonight".

The shutdown not only hurts the parks but also surrounding communities that rely on an estimated $18 million a day from tourism, said Kristen Brengel, vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association.

In Washington, congress convenes Thursday - one of the first items on the agenda in the House, will be to pass a pair a of bills to fund the government. "Maybe a little more border security but not a wall".

Trump also invited congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on border security, the first sit-down since the shutdown began December 22 though it was unclear if the session would break the budget impasse.

They have been emptying overflowing bins and sweeping and stocking restrooms that remained open.

The dozens of open-air national parks are remaining open during the government shutdown but with minimal staff to carry out basic operations, park rangers to provide safety information, and even limited emergency services like plowing roads and search and rescue in some cases. They were not pleased to find the park primarily closed. Some of the parks, monuments, and historical sites run by the agency have closed or will close soon, once their temporary funding runs out. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, meanwhile, closed down their parks entirely on Wednesday, leaving employees unable to maintain roads and walking paths. Murdock is the director of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, a nonprofit that supports RMNP and has set up a makeshift visitor center on private land outside the park.

The access road to Maryland's Great Falls of the Potomac, part of the C & O Canal National Historical Park, has been blocked.

Smith added that most visitors have been respectful to the park and the facilities.

The Trump administration initially kept most of the parks open, but there are only skeleton staffs during the shutdown to make certain visitors follow the rules from no littering to no hunting.

Rock climbers Kiera Waskey, 21, and Stefan Nelson, 22, were able to camp in the park for three nights after arriving on a visit from Minnesota.

"The parks are supposed to be heritage sites for generation after generation".

"It's really a big deal for Joshua Tree", she said of the campground closings. Indeed, Joshua Tree is reportedly closing all campsites starting today. It also doesn't help that the trouble has arrived just in time for peak tourist season when many families are heading out to the national parks on holiday.

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