National parks have already reached a nightmare scenario of trash piles and destroyed trees during the government shutdown

Posted On: Jan 19, 2019   |   Posted By: Business Insider

National parks have already reached a nightmare scenario of trash piles and destroyed trees during the government shutdown

In the midst of a government shutdown , the conditions at national parks could threaten visitor and wildlife safety.
While some parks have managed to stay clean with the help of local volunteers, others have seen vandalism, unauthorized drones, overflowing bathrooms, and piles of garbage .
The National Parks Conservation Association estimates that parks have lost more than $6 million in fee revenue by staying open during the shutdown .
Some rangers and conservationists say the nightmare scenario that would require parks to close has already arrived.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act calling for national parks to remain "unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
More than a century later, environmentalists are accusing the Trump administration of violating that act by allowing parks to remain open during the government shutdown .
With the shutdown already shattering records as the longest in US history, national parks have felt the absence of around 21,000 furloughed employees. An...

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