Poop Is Piling Up in National Parks Thanks to Government Shutdown

Human waste, rubbish overwhelm some US national parks in shutdown

Overflowing garbage, feces on roads prompt Yosemite National Park officials to close some campgrounds

Unfortunately, Park officials have announced that the following facilities and areas inside Yosemite National Park are closed "due to impacts from human waste and public safety concerns" - Wawona Campground, Hodgdon Meadow Campground, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Crane Flat Snow Play Area, and Goat Meadow Snow Play Area, located just outside the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park in California faces similar issues. Yosemite Valley's lodgings, restaurants, ski area at Badger Pass and the park shuttle remain open.

A similar situation unfolded at Arches National Park.

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.

In the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, some areas of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks were closed Monday evening.

Despite the partial government shutdown, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open for business.

"It's really a big deal for Joshua Tree", she said of the campground closings. Volunteers who had been trying to keep the park open simply can't keep up, the publication reported. "For most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance".

According to the National Park Service, the Joshua Tree will remain accessible but visitors will have to enter at their own risk as the area isn't fully staffed.

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"The whole community has come together", Mr Feltges said. "Everyone loves the Park".

Key parts of the federal government have been impacted since December 22 by the shutdown, including the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Interior, State and Housing and Urban Development.

Officials say vault toilets on the site are reaching capacity. "A lot of these people are returnees and they're more than happy to give back to this park".

"People are walking off trails, bringing their dogs", he said.

"You're looking at Yosemite Falls and in front of you is plastic bottles and trash bags."

As the government shutdown persists, nature lovers are coping with overflowing toilets and garbage cans, and improvised open-air bathrooms.

Almost all roads inside Yellowstone are normally closed for winter, meaning most visitors at this time of the year access park attractions like Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone through guides. "Once conditions go downhill, they will be hard to restore", writes Purdy.

"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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