After only 12 days of the partial government slowdown, America’s National Parks are beginning to look like the streets of San Francisco.
from the Blaze:
National parks brimming with trash, human feces as government shutdown continues
Overflowing garbage cans, human feces, and illegal off-roading are just a few of the problems plaguing some national parks where visitors are taking advantage of the lack of supervision during the partial government shutdown.
Park rangers and other staffers are among the more than 380,000 federal employees furloughed during the shutdown that is in its 12th day.
The Trump administration has permitted the parks to remain open despite the staff furloughs. Previous administrations have closed the parks during shutdowns, The Associated Press reported.
What’s the story?
Some parks have begun closing certain areas out of public health and safety concerns, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Joshua Tree National Park in California closed its campgrounds Wednesday amid health concerns.
The National Park Service noted that the pit toilets were near capacity and human waste in public areas was becoming a problem, adding that illegal off-roading and other harmful actions were also causing damage to the park.