National Parks to remain partially open during government shutdown

National Parks to remain partially open during government shutdown

National Parks to remain partially open during government shutdown

"National and regional offices and support centers will be closed and secured, except where they are needed to support excepted personnel".

The parking lot and rest rooms at Muir Beach are closed because of. Campers were shooed from campsites. At the Grand Canyon, private donations funded garbage removal, restroom maintenance, and snow removal. Barricades were placed around memorials, and veterans who had traveled to see monuments were kept out.

Most campgrounds have already been closed for the season, and the ones that normally remain open will have no restroom facilities available.

This time, Republicans are trying to avoid that mess.

The snowy mountains and frozen lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park are still accessible to visitors, despite the federal government shutdown.

Park trails at the summit and in Kipahulu remained open, but "emergency medical response is extremely limited", park officials said earlier.

The idea is completely about saving political face.

At Yosemite, between 100 and 200 of the park's almost 800 government employees were sticking around, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. At best, it's a logistical nightmare.

The partial government shutdown will not affect front-line staff in worldwide and domestic aviation - air-traffic control, Customs & Border Protection and airport security in the USA - as these are classed as essential workers and therefore will continue to report for duty and be paid as normal. Under its shutdown contingency plan, about 95,000 of its nearly 115,000 staff would keep working. Visitors centers, public restrooms, and anything that requires federal employees to be present will not be open. The CDC would not have the people in place to monitor the data. "It's naive for folks to believe that we can protect these assets and do what is required by law with just law-enforcement staff". Most of their terms were set to end in May, which would have allowed InteriorSecretary Ryan Zinke to choose replacements then.

Bloomberg says there have been 12 shutdowns since 1981 that lasted from one day to 21 days.

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We want to make folks understand that it will look very different than it did under the previous administration.

So it's not clear-to either the public or park staff-what to expect Saturday in the event of a shutdown. Additionally, CUA holders will be able to enter the park.

Federal courts: The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington will remain open. Same with Death Valley, which is now seeing some 80,000 visitors a month. "This is not the way we would optimally like to run the park, but we will be following the guidelines given, and doing what we need to do".

This uncertainty leads to questions. "All the restrooms are closed".

Jeff Graham wanted to hike in the Smoky National Park this weekend, but changed his mind with the looming shutdown, deciding instead to visit a state park. It might be a glib point, but Francis raised it to illustrate the type of nuance in planning needed to keep parks operating. There will be information at the visitor center.

The government shutdown continues after the Senate failed Sunday to reach an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the workweek.

Knowles also said in an interview with Alaska Public Radio that in addition to the Interior Department's lack of interest in the advisory board, the agency also suspended regulations covering biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change. The NPS's plan gives superintendents the discretion to close sensitive areas that might be destroyed or looted.

What about social security checks?

Seven of the service's 10 advisory board members submitted their resignations recently, panel chairman and former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles told Reuters on Tuesday, saying the Trump administration had ignored their requests for a meeting.

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