by Countable | Updated on 1.9.19
“Leaving the parks open without these essential staff is equivalent to leaving the Smithsonian museums open without any staff to protect the priceless artifacts.”
"The park is being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity," NPS wrote in a statement. "In addition to human waste in public areas, driving off road and other infractions that damage the resource are becoming a problem."
"NPS will begin to use these funds to clean up trash that has built up at numerous parks, clean and maintain restrooms, bring additional law enforcement rangers into parks to patrol accessible areas, and to restore accessibility to areas that would typically be accessible this time of year," the agency wrote in a press release on Sunday.
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What we should do is close the White House and lock the front door with Trump on the outside of it. This man is an idiot and the order of magnitude. He is dragging this country down with his Totally transparent lies about the border about Terrorists at the border about anything he can make up at the border. The man is an absolute lunatic. Let’s dump this idiot before it’s too late.
People are trashing them. Shut them down if we aren’t going to put the staff in there. We are supposed to be protecting them.
Trump has no respect for our national parks. I think he just wants them trashed so he can privatize them.
If parks can be operated at full capacity from fee receipts, do so. Otherwise shut them down. We know how much maintenance has been deferred. We don’t need damage inflicted by mindless people that has to be repaired.
Parks must be protected! Shut them down!
If you had asked me during the last government shutdown, I would say no. But based on what is being seen now, it seems necessary in order to protect these lands and parks.
Access to Publicly owned land is for Public Use. Congress Must start Passing Budgets. Stop Short Term Stop Gap Spending. The results should happen to remind Congress of Their Duty.
So long as our Parks don't have paid stewards to manage and tend to them then they should stay closed. The amount of garbage and human waste piling up in them is an (inter)national embarassment and they should be spared the damage and disgrace.
Close the parks for the sake of the parks. These spaces are irreplaceable. Sorry for the vacationers but they may go in and do damage that will takes years to repair to fragile environments and wildlife.
National Parks are not pawns in a chess game. They are national treasures, natural areas and historic sites that are owned by the people. They are chronically underfunded as it is; to force them to be open at partial staffing levels puts them in danger of vandalism and degradation of natural features. Keep them protected : keep them closed.
By allowing the national parks to remain open the government is proving that once again that the state of the Earth is of no concern to them. The trash that is not being picked up will remain in the parks for years to come. The redeeming quality of this nation is our parks, the places Americans and visitors can go to to see how beautiful our country is. The very least the government could do would be shutting down completely and not just partially or maybe forget about that wall and clean the parks.
People have already died because of unsupervised and inappropriate use of the Parks. Significant and possibly irreparable damage has already been done. These treasures have been set aside as needing protection and preservation.
We should shut down the parks until they are self sustaining and don’t need our tax dollars.
Should we be surprised? Maybe it IS true that who we elect is a reflection of what WE are. We the people are in need of a serious change in attitude and should demand a higher standard of ourselves AND our elected officials!!!
While I agree with our President Theodore Roosevelt's famous declaration, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People," which adorns the North entrance of our nation's first National Park, I am wholly against our National Park units being open during the government shutdown. My family and I backpack and camp our National Parks for our vacations, and have made many wonderful memories enjoying the beauty, solace, and inspiration they provide. Our National Parks are wilderness, cultural, and historical treasures. We would not let the public run amok through the galleries of our museums, so why are we letting them do so in our pristine parks? All the units in our National Park Service System should be closed for their protection until there is sufficient staff to oversee them. PLEASE, CLOSE OUR NATIONAL PARKS!
I want the public to have access to these lands year round but part of the reason to have this special status of National Park is that it is meant to protect and preserve the features within its boundaries. Without that protection, the parks are open to various forms of abuse and degradation as we’ve already seen. They should be closed during a shutdown, but moreover this shutdown should end and Trump should drop his insanely stupid demand for billions of wasted tax dollars for the BEGINNINGS of a wall which studies have shown will cost at least 7 times more to complete.
The workers at Park should NOT be punished for political promises made by self serving officials. The working poor. Many of the federal workers are military veterans who are already struggling.
Trash is piling up and we are causing damage to the parks; potentially irreparable. If we are going to refuse to service them under the partial shutdown then they need to be closed to the public since it is behaving badly.
Our national parks need to be a safe and healthy environment for visitors. Tax payers provide the money that it takes to operate these parks yet I am fairly certain that there will be no reimbursements to us for this shut down. What part of this scenario is fair to us, the people that provide legislators their income. Congress needs to get off their stuck in the mud attitude and work this out.