Government shutdown: How it affects Manhattan Project Park

23 January, 2018, 02:19 | Author: Kim Reid
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Yosemite's concessionaire, Yosemite Hospitality, has agreed to stay open.

CBS19 visited the Rockfish Gap entrance on Saturday, to find no park rangers manning the pay station.

"The majority of employees signed a form today and were sent home", Gediman said.

Officials at Alcatraz said the island will remain open but there will be no ranger guided tours.

"We were scheduled to open at 9 a.m., but because there was no funding approved last night, we did not open our doors this morning", said spokeswoman Anne Wheeler. "But now we can't see it because of some stupid bill".

The parking lot and rest rooms at Muir Beach are closed because of the shut down. 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".

"My initial reaction is, they really kind of screwed up our day".

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In an interview with The Atlantic, the former Interior secretary under Obama, Sally Jewell, said the administration ultimately decided it couldn't keep park sites open because of concerns about security and public safety. When people look back decades later, he said, they're "going to be talking about the president of the United States - who was the president at that time?"

"Because we are an independent entity that is funded through the sale of our products and services, and not by tax dollars, USPS will not be impacted", the U.S. Postal Service said Saturday in a statement on Twitter. Some parks are in winter season and see winter sports enthusiasts like snowmobilers, snowshoers, skiers and wildlife watchers. The Sierra Club, a public lands conservation and environmental group, said that the move prevents embarrassing headlines but endangers the parks themselves. "Congress better get its act together".

This stands in contrast to the last government shutdown in 2013, when gates were closed and people told to leave the park. And the silence continued, despite the fact the NPS is tasked with managing some of the most cherished American icons, from Yosemite to Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty.

Shenandoah National Park was closed during a federal government shutdown in October 2013 during its peak season, which lasted two weeks.

Yellowstone had 2 inches of fresh snow on Saturday and temperatures in the teens.

The gates are open, but there is no National Park Service (NPS) staff on duty for the most part.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts will continue operating facilities like the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and the Mammoth Hotel, which are now open for the winter season. There will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services including restrooms, trash collection, facilities or road maintenance.

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In San Mateo County, Mori Point restrooms are closed.

Rep. Doc Hastings (R, Wash.), then chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, wrote to the National Forest Service for additional information about the national park closures, specifically questioning "what discretion does the Forest Service have in the expenditure of non-appropriated funds" during a shutdown.

On Thursday, the Smithsonian Institution issued a statement saying its 19 museums and the National Zoo would close starting Monday if there's a shutdown - but would remain open through the weekend.

But across the country in NY, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration - the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - were closed Saturday. "I never heard of that before". But the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Bunker Hill was closed.

Eisenhower National Historic Site will also be closed during the shutdown. The Yosemite Valley Clinic will remain open.

Despite the lack of services, people still came out to enjoy the national park on Sunday.

Rock Creek Park will remain open for anyone who wants to walk or jog along the trails, even though it's a national park.

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We are prioritizing access to the most accessible and most iconic areas of parks and public lands. The park will attempt to maintain the road to Longmire, but access to Paradise will not be available, Swartout said.

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