Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Smithsonian Museums, Joshua Tree Park Closed Due to Shutdown

Smithsonian Museums, Joshua Tree Park Closed Due to Shutdown

That's the message officials from the Cape Cod National Seashore are trying to convey to the public amid the partial federal government shutdown, in hopes of avoiding problems like trash pileup and discarded human waste that have plagued national sites in other parts of the country. Approximately 16,000 Park Service employees have been furloughed, and many attractions locally and nationally have been temporarily shuttered.

"It's so heartbreaking. There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I've seen in my four years living here", Dakota Snider, 24, who works in California's Yosemite National Park, told The Associated Press.

Due to the "shutdown" received hundreds of thousands of state workers, no pay for more - including the staff of the national parks.

Also closed today was the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.

"It's really a nightmare scenario", added Garder.

It closed some campgrounds on Wednesday because outdoor toilets, which can not be emptied due to a lack of staffing, have reached capacity, creating a potential health hazard.

The zoo and the 19 museums initially remained open during the shutdown, which started on December 22nd.

National parks have closed campgrounds out of fear that toilets will overflow with human waste.

This time around, as President Donald Trump holds his finger on the pause button of government while he digs in to get funding for his vague border-wall scheme, many national parks are still technically open.

California's Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday will become the latest casualty of the federal government's partial shutdown, closing campgrounds amid health and safety concerns over near-capacity pit toilets.

Instead, Mr Feltges said he and other business owners had stepped into the gap as much as possible.

"The whole community has come together", he said.

"I want to extend a honest thanks to local businesses, volunteer groups, and tribal members who have done their best to assist in picking up litter and helping maintain campgrounds", park superintendent David Smith said in a statement.

Human feces and garbage have been overflowing at the campgrounds of Yosemite and Joshua Tree national parks - because there's no staff on hand to clean up, according to new reports.

There's a 14-tonne "faecal time bomb" on Mount Everest. Park Rangers will set up a checkpoint along Highway 41 and only allow people who have made reservations for lodging or camping inside the park to proceed.

Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado said Monday they were closing restrooms and locking up trash bins in many locations.

Private park tour companies were doing similar work in Yellowstone.

Additional closures include Lost Horse Mine Road due to illegal activity and Rattlesnake Canyon in order to reduce the number of search-and-rescue events for rangers already spread thin due to the government shutdown.

"It's not the first time that it's happened, so I kind of know how it goes, but it's a bummer, right?" said Mary Durant of Washington, who took her two children to the park but didn't get a chance to show them the falls. But still, they can't keep going forever.

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