Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Here's what parks, services are open, closed during government shutdown

Here's what parks, services are open, closed during government shutdown

The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday said it welcomed the mass resignation of members of the National Parks Service advisory board, saying they had ignored sexual harassment cases and lied about how they were treated by the Trump administration.

Visitors to D.C. will find the Smithsonian open.for now.

"There is no substitute for National Park Service staff and their expertise, and it is not wise to put the public or our park resources at risk by allowing for half-measures to keep them open", the statement said.

The Trump Administration's proposal to more than double entrance fees at Yosemite and 16 other national parks during peak season would do far more harm than good to visiting families and surrounding communities.

In 2013, President Barack Obama cordoned off the World War II Memorial during that year's government shutdown. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chanted "tear down this wall", as thousands of veterans and supporters tore apart the barricades to access the shuttered property.

The website also said the park will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, operate or provide restrooms, maintain roads and walkways or provide visitor information and services. The visitor centers would be closed, as would full-service restrooms.

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"The National Park Service's mission shouldn't be held together by duct tape and bailing wire in order to lessen the public's blowback on the party that controls Congress and the White House", she said in an email. He did note that "the visitor experience will be diminished amid the shutdown", but pledged that "to the degree possible, we will keep our public lands open".

Whether or not they stay on the job, most government employees will all probably get back pay eventually. The Chisos Mountains Lodge, the privately operated resort inside the park, remains open, lodge operators said.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, announced on Friday that the park would be open regardless of the looming shutdown.

National Parks and other public lands will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.

The beaches and trails of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will be open, shutdown or not, and the spokeswoman for the parks service said roads to some national parks would remain open.

Jon Jarvis, the former director of the National Park Service, dubbed it "incredibly idiotic".

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"I can't think of a [bigger] difference [than] in how we view our public lands".

Lack of snow plowing may render the subject moot at places like Mount Rainier and Crater Lake National Parks.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island are closed. For the most part, those plans have not changed now that a government shutdown has occurred.

What makes the US park system the best in the world, he said, "is a professional corps of managers in the field that provide for that experience and protect the resource".

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