National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown
Jan 08 2019
"Only a skeleton crew is left to protect and serve these thousands of visitors".
Heavy snowfall in parts of the southwestern United States over the past week resulted in the closure of Canyonlands and Arches national parks in southeastern Utah.
Due to the federal government shutdown and a lapse in federal funding, Pinnacles National Park will temporarily reduce some of its services while the park remains open to visitors. However, park rangers are not on the job, trash is not being picked up, roads are not being cleared of snow, sites in campgrounds are not being assigned and restrooms are locked.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's claim former presidents wanted to build wall: "Come on" Trump seizes on ex-NYT editor Jill Abramson's criticism of paper GOP strategist Ed Rollins refers to Ocasio-Cortez as "the little girl" MORE's decision to leave the parks open during the partial shutdown is counter to those of previous administrations during previous shutdowns.
"We are not able to monitor social media accounts", the tweet read. A park spokesman told the Associated Press that a statement was not issued sooner and the investigation was taking longer than usual because of the government shutdown.
Cross-country skier Kayla Downey, back, of Estes Park, Colo., works her way down Trail Ridge Road after an overnight snow in Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. "It's really a nightmare scenario", Garder said.
In some national parks, such as Zion and Yellowstone, volunteers and private companies are assisting with day-to-day maintenance.
"Our national parks deserve better than an improvised patchwork of emergency care", Diane Regas, CEO of the Trust for Public Lands, said in a letter to Trump that noted reports of theft, poaching and accumulating piles of garbage and human waste. The road to Salt Creek is also closed.
This Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, photo shows Lookout Studio in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
A man died after falling into a river at Yosemite National Park on Christmas Day, the National Park Service said Friday.
In the already popular parks, the problem of human waste has turned into a literal sh*tshow.
"It is important that visitors obey posted signs and park regulations", the release stated.
Also on January 2, Seqouia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced they were closing due to health and safety concerns.
Parks were open during the last three-day shutdown.