by Axios | Updated on 1.1.19
Human waste, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other bad behavior in fragile areas is beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, AP's Ellen Knickmeyer and Jocelyn Gecker report:
Driving the news: The partial government shutdown has left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty. "It's a free-for-all," Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said, as Yosemite National Park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas.
Why it matters: Unlike shutdowns in some previous administrations, the Trump administration was leaving parks open to visitors.
Spotted: "In Sequoia, home to [California's] ancient giant sequoias, General Highway was closed because overflowing trash bins were spreading litter and posed a threat to wildlife."
"In Yellowstone National Park, private companies have picked up some of the maintenance normally done by federal workers."
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Stupid stupid people. Close the parks if you aren’t going to have the staff out there. The reason we put the areas under protection is because it will get destroyed if we leave it alone. God we are a short-sighted species. Idiots. Tragedy of the commons. Look it up.
Our national parks have been underfunded for decades, taking back to ill conceived budget plans of the early 90’s. Too many are already operating on a shoestring. All based on the false economy of across-the-board cuts, “pay-fors”, deficit scare-mongering, and other disingenuous republican tactics. Appoint a real Secretary of the Interior. Pass a real spending bill: one that reflects the will of the people, not the special interests behind the wall.
Read through all comments. I’m amazed poor human behavior blamed on politics. One comment. “ people are pigs”. They nailed it. Carry in...carry out ! Is appropriate.
Guess we better fund border security huh?
We all complain about rules and laws and the government, but presented with free and unrestricted access to these parks, what do we do? Trash the place and disrespect the wildlife. Humans are so disappointing sometimes.
45's war on the environment continues.
Say what you want regarding “The Wall” that is your right; but, acting like damned pigs is disgusting. Take your shit with you. For the interim maybe volunteer groups or work release state prisoners could help to clear some of trash.
BLAME IT ON THOSE CRAZY DEMOCRATS!!!! BUILD THAT WALL!!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
You know it really is abhorrent that while our parks are still open they can't be maintained thanks to Trump's temper tantrum. And on top of that it is reprehensible that people are behaving so badly now that they aren't being supervised. This falls on everyone's shoulders.
All you’ve got to do is STOP this STUPID Government Shut Down!! None of you have the courage to stand up to this MORON !! It would be nice to see you consider the people you represent, not the PACS that you suck up to...
Time to take responsibility Blaming others for our poor behavior is much more disgusting than trash and sewage Pick up your trash Clean up after yourself Have at least half a brain Carry your own sanitary supplies This is your property Care for it the way you would care for your homes
This is beyond unacceptable, rubbing salt in the wound of our planet’s already ailing ecosystems. Shame on these ignorant Park visitors and Republicans, who want to exacerbate this condition with a wall, and are willing to shut down our government for it, diluting the only force for good and order.
“I will take the mantle, I will be the one to shut it down — I’m not going to blame you for it.”. Donald Trump Places need maintenance. Trump shut down the government over a wall is just a huge waste of money. Bills continue to come in even tho income stops. The wall or fence will be between the Pacific ocean & the Atlantic ocean. One can take a boat to get around either end. In San Diego California no ladder or tunnel is needed. One can swim or take a boat across the border. Terrain is another issue. It's simply not feasible to build a wall or fence of any kind because of terrain. Don't take my word for this. Look up the walls route on the internet or take a drive and see for yourself. Trump wants the wall to stroke his enormous fragile ego. The memes depicting Donald Trump as a toddler are fitting .
This is what the art of the deal looks like, chaos and destruction. Stupidity.
Trash containers only hold so much trash. That's one park official's duty that's taken for granted until there's no one to fill that job. Everybody that visits a park pays a fee that covers this. I don't know about everyone else but to me it looks like government incompetence. Trump owns this. maybe we could get someone to transport all this garbage to Mar a Largo.
Trump doesn’t CARE ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARKS OR LANDS. ALL HE SEES IS $$$$ FOR HIS POCKETS TO RUIN THEM BY DRILLING OR WHATEVER. People should care about keeping the parks clean, perhaps a surcharge for using the facilities while the Government is shut down.
We have to get the government under control! Allowing a narcissistic dictator to hold all of us hostage is wrong. What happened to the separation of powers? It's time for Congress to do their jobs!
If people will trash and disrespect property that is supposed to be national property then imagine what their own property looks loke
That’s right mess up our parks now over yer stupid wall😱