Garbage, feces take toll on parks amid shutdown

Human waste, rubbish overwhelm some US national parks in shutdown

Human faeces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behaviour in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the iconic U.S. national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty. One of those agencies is the National Park Service, which according to their website, means "there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance for most parks".

"We fear that nature can seriously damage and possibly also historical and other attractions", says John Garder of the non-governmental National Park Conservation Association. Some of the roads at Yosemite National Park have been reported to be virtual toilets with restrooms locked and sanitation services nonexistent.

But some are seizing on the shortage of park staffers to off-road illegally and otherwise damage the park, as well as relieving themselves in the open, a park statement said. Joshua Tree rock-climber, 54-year-old Marine Corps veteran and paraplegic Rand Abbott told the Times that he went through 500 rolls of toilet paper while restocking park toilets on the first full day of the shutdown, and has been giving out trash bags to people - totaling at least 60 hours at the time of reporting on December 26. As the Post reports, it's about to get worse for Washington residents and visitors: Starting on Wednesday, the Smithsonian Institution has no choice but to close all of its museums and the National Zoo due to lack of funding.

He's also been trying to talk visitors out of illegal fires, illegal parking, littering and other forbidden activities.

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Despite the shutdown most national parks grounds remain open.

For more information on USA national parks partial closures, visit the National Park Service's Twitter account here. Visitors are encouraged to stop and use restroom facilities in the gateway communities before entering the park.

Closing the parks will have a devastating impact on a lot of local businesses that depend on the tourism they bring in. "There is more garbage, feces, and usually miss, as I've seen in the four years that I live here", says Dakota Snider, the valley works in Yosemite.

In Yoshua Tree national Park in California the camping sites close, because there was bickering and not simply ends Ranger.

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And Joshua Tree isn't alone in its issues, or its decision to close campgrounds.

In other parks, though, there doesn't seem to be such an organized group of helpers, and it sounds like visitors are treating national parks like their own personal Lord of the Flies-style anything-goes free-for-all.

Yosemite National Park is open and free because there are no rangers to collect entry fees.

In Yellowstone National Park, private companies have picked up some of the maintenance normally done by federal workers.

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"It's definitely not our preference - the park service does a good job doing their thing and we hate to see them out of work, " Watt said.

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