National Parks Falling Apart After Government Shutdown

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National Parks Falling Apart After Government Shutdown

The trash piled up in Yosemite National Park after workers have to go home due to government shutdown.

The trash piled up in Yosemite National Park after workers have to go home due to government shutdown.

The trash piled up in Yosemite National Park after workers have to go home due to government shutdown.

The trash piled up in Yosemite National Park after workers have to go home due to government shutdown.

Maddy Taylor and Ellie Walter-Goodspeed

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When the government shut down on December 20 the national parks were of the many places affected. The national parks in the U.S. use federal money to collect trash, clean up and maintain restrooms, road maintenance, campgrounds, and staff to help and answer questions.

All major parks are still open like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone and so one, however if  you are going to a national park it is being advised to look at the websites to check that the park is open.

More effects are they the National Parks Services is losing money every day, “NPCA [National Park Conservation Association] estimates that the Park Service is losing $400,000 per day from entrance fee revenue”, according to the NPCA.

About 16,000 employees were furloughed, which means laid of with no pay and could or could not get reimbursed after the shutdown is over but that is not a guarantee.

When the government shutdown last January a small amount of workers were tasked with vast amounts of land to cover , “During the January 2018 shut down, just 3,298 essential staff were tasked with managing 80 million acres of national park lands”, according to the NPCA.

Some ways to try and help is look for non-profit organizations that are trying to help with trash clean up and overall up care of the park. Such as Yosemite Climbing Association which is a nonprofit focusing in protecting the parks computer, they have volunteered to help clean up the park.

Another organization that is helping to keep Zion National Park open is the Zion National Park Forever Project ran by Lyman Hafen. They gave $2,000 to the park from January 1 to January 5. These donations allowed people to continue going to the park and helped the state of Utah from spending $10,000 a day to keep the parks opened.

“I feel like it’s very important to keep some basic operations in place”, said Hafen. “To keep some restrooms open, to keep the trash collection going and those kinds of things”.

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Hey I'm Maddy and this is my first time writing for Inflight and second time being on a newspaper staff. I was editior-in-chief at my middle school and...

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