Garbage, faeces take toll on USA national parks amid shutdown
03 January, 2019, 07:13 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
Human faeces, overflowing garbage and illegal off-road driving in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the iconic national parks in the United States, where a partial government shutdown left areas open to visitors but few staff on duty.
According to the National Park Service, the Joshua Tree will remain accessible but visitors will have to enter at their own risk as the area isn't fully staffed.
On Sunday, Yosemite National Park also closed their campgrounds due to "lack of restrooms" and "resulting impacts from human waste". "For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance".
California's Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday will become the latest casualty of the federal government's partial shutdown, closing campgrounds amid health and safety concerns over near-capacity pit toilets.
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If you feel the need to visit a park during the shutdown, there are responsible ways to do so. Friends of Joshua Tree has also partnered up with local residents to organize drives to provide toilet paper for the park.
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But that's not stopping visitors from coming. "And there are many companies that are of the national Park".
Park rangers will staff a check point at the South Entrance to Yosemite National Park from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. "The problem is that it's a really unsustainable situation and unfair to ask them to use their limited resources to step in to try to serve the role of the park service". Indeed, Joshua Tree is reportedly closing all campsites starting today.
"There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I've seen in my four years living here", Snider said.
Visitors were allowing their dogs to run off-leash in an area rich with bears and other wildlife, and scattering bags of garbage along the roads, Snider said.
Rattlesnake Canyon will close to reduce the number of search and rescue events for rangers already spread thin because of the shutdown, the park service said. Those guides are splitting the cost of grooming the trails used by their vehicles to keep their operations going, said Travis Watt, general manager of See Yellowstone Alpen Guides based in West Yellowstone, Montana. "Once conditions go downhill, they will be hard to restore", writes Purdy.
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