The government shutdown and overflowing toilets force Joshua Tree to close

Human waste, rubbish overwhelm some US national parks in shutdown

Also in California, Joshua Tree National Park will close all campgrounds at noon Wednesday, The San Bernardino Sun reported.

Calley Cederlof at the Visalia Times-Delta reports that unsanitary conditions have led authorities to close areas of Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks. "There is more garbage, feces, and usually miss, as I've seen in the four years that I live here", says Dakota Snider, the valley works in Yosemite.

"The Generals Highway is closed at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park".

While Washington continues to butt heads over the funding for Trump's border wall, the partial government shutdown has seen hundreds of thousands of federal government employees put on furlough, including rangers, cleaners, and other staff at numerous USA national parks.

"It's really a nightmare scenario, " Garder said. "Regardless of what happens in Washington, the Grand Canyon will not close on our watch", said Governor Doug Ducey in a press statement released a few days before the shutdown began.

Despite the shutdown most national parks grounds remain open.

This has been the daily routine for Lauretig, 57, the executive director of the non-profit Friends of Joshua Tree, and many others in the community for the last two weeks.

Of course, the national parks aren't just vast expanses of nature in the Wild West, but also include sites like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (New York State is keeping them open) and the National Mall and the monuments in the backyard of Congress and the White House.

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In California, tourists have been relieving themselves on the side of the roads because Yosemite's restrooms and visitor centers have been shuttered since December 22 when the shutdown began, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Yager says the reason he has no problem cleaning up is because he has loved the national park since he was 13, when he dreamed of climbing El Capitan.

The dozens of open-air national parks are remaining open during the government shutdown but with minimal staff to carry out basic operations, park rangers to provide safety information, and even limited emergency services like plowing roads and search and rescue in some cases. "And there's a lot of businesses that actually need the park".

"People are bringing in dogs and drones, and there are instances where people aren't following the rules, and it is not good for the wildlife and the environment", she said.

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

In Yellowstone National Park, private companies have picked up some of the maintenance normally done by federal workers.

Although the trash cans are overflowing and the restrooms are without toilet paper, it's hoped this shutdown will pass without any casualties.

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