Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

National parks brimming with trash, human feces as government shutdown continues

National parks brimming with trash, human feces as government shutdown continues

Most national parks initially remained open with skeleton staffs and limited services - including no trash pickup and locked restrooms at some parks, reported The Huffington Post.

"We're afraid that we're going to start seeing significant damage to the natural resources in parks and potentially to historic and other cultural artefacts", John Garder, senior budget director of the National Parks Conservation Association, said. We encourage visitors in the area to explore the excellent food, shops, and recreational opportunities available nearby.

The federal government shutdown began December 22 in a dispute between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, USA Today reported. "A nightmare scenario", he says.

The National Park Service noted that the pit toilets were near capacity and human waste in public areas was becoming a problem, adding that illegal off-roading and other harmful actions were also causing damage to the park.

The situation in some parks has prompted officials to close parts of them.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be fully closed effective 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

British holidaymakers visiting National Parks in the U.S. have been warned to check before they travel as the USA government shutdown continues to cause significant disruption and environmental damage to a number of tourist destinations.

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Joshua Tree National Park in California closed its campgrounds Wednesday amid health concerns. Memorial by the Tidal Basin, in Washington.

By leaving the park open, though, and not collecting entrance fees, Joshua Tree is losing an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 a day.

Frequent park visitors Marie Hoffman and Trevor Goodman, who are both 19 and students at University of California, Davis, said they noticed a lot more climbers and general visitor than they normally see at the park. Local business owners and park supporters are donating toiletries and cleaning supplies. It's the same for many parks around the country.

Due to heavy snowfall on 12/31/2018, the park road is closed at the visitor center. Joshua Tree said it would begin closing some campgrounds for all but day use.

In Yoshua Tree national Park in California the camping sites close, because there was bickering and not simply ends Ranger. "You look at the Yosemite waterfalls, and prior to that, water bottles and trash bags pile up".

Campsites at Yosemite National Park have been closed after 27 tons of rubbish built up and lavatory facilities were overwhelmed during the partial shutdown.

During the shutdown, park-provided services such as bathrooms are closed, and there is no trash collection or road maintenance at the parks. With the park service unable to maintain these trails, private companies are splitting the cost of keeping them clear, as well as replacing toilet paper and emptying trash, so they can continue to run tours.

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