Government shutdown impacting national parks

Government shutdown impacting national parks

Government shutdown impacting national parks

While visitors are allowed to enter the park, visitor services - including restrooms - will be closed as only essential positions are working. In a speech to agency staff on his second day as secretary, Zinke called the parks "the face" of the Interior Department.

The administration's shutdown plan means open-air parks, with their hiking trails and sprawling scenery, will largely remain open. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply. Signs were put up that read "Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN, All National Parks Are CLOSED". If conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and/or developed areas in the park will be closed.

Congress is set to meet at 12 pm ET on Saturday to try and fund the government and end the shutdown. Thousands of people were stranded inside Grand Canyon National Park, a lot of them employees of hotels, restaurants and other companies that operate inside the park boundaries.

Rocky Mountain National Park claimed 4,517,207 visitors in 2016.

US government offices may be locked and most federal employees sent home, but the Trump administration has a plan to blunt the pain of a federal shutdown: It will keep many national parks and monuments open.

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Lack of snow plowing may render the subject moot at places like Mount Rainier and Crater Lake National Parks. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are not available.

In addition, government-operated facilities will close. Access to all residences will be maintained, while concessioners and commercial-use authorization holders may continue to provide visitor series after coordination with the park to ensure compliance with government shutdown protocols.

He said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman, wants to keep Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone open.

The Gettysburg Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday. There will be no guides, permits, maintenance, restrooms or access to visitors centers provided.

Devils Tower National Monument: Access is unavailable.

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Yosemite National Park in California is open to visitors despite the government shutdown but there'll be nobody to greet them, help them navigate the trails or even make sure they're in the right campground.

Locally the Saratoga Battlefield national park is closed, Martin Van Buren historic site in Kinderhook and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sites are also closed in Hyde Park, N.Y.

The shutdown of many basic activities, like trash collecting, also has many environmental and preservation groups concerned. There will be information at the visitor center. Additionally, sensitive cultural areas on all public land may see restricted access to protect the artifacts and objects.

Mike Litterst, spokesman for the National Park Service, told WTOP the shutdown would not effect any marches or events already scheduled, including Saturday's Women's March at the Lincoln Memorial. The U.S. Mail keeps delivering.

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