Demand the House fund National Park clean up efforts

Demand the House fund National Park clean up efforts

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The National Park Service has been left with a ‘skeleton’ force to keep parks open during the 2019 government shutdown, but keeping these vast parks open with limited staff caused severe damage to parks and public lands that will outlive the shutdown.

In just a short amount of time, the 2019 shutdown caused severe harm to America’s best idea - National Parks. During past shutdowns, National Parks would be closed for the safety of visitors and to protect these picturesque public lands from devastation. But for 34-days, the longest shutdown in America's history saw countless news pieces about National Parks overflowing with human waste, trash, and damage to park ecosystems. Some visitors have even died at National Parks that were open. The new House could do something about it, they have the power to allocate funds to pay for this devastation. Tell the House to provide funding that helps clean up this shutdown damage.

Only the most ‘scenic’ National Parks were kept open - like Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and Joshua Tree. These parks were left with a small ‘skeleton’ force of Park Rangers who are responsible for areas larger than some U.S. states. Their task was largely to respond to emergencies and maintain roads for open areas of these parks.

After some visitors created new roads and cut down fragile Joshua Trees, Joshua Tree National Park closed. These unique trees take up to 60-years to mature. In all these parks, local community members and businesses have tried to step in and join clean up efforts. During the shutdown, the National Park Service was forced to dip into visitor entrance fees to pay for cleaning up this mess. But these are funds that go towards the $11.6 billion backlog of road and trail maintenance projects in National Parks. Tell the House to make National Parks Great Again - provide funding to clean up National Parks!

No one will know the full extent of ecological and infrastructure damage to America’s parks until Park Rangers assess damage. Send the message to the House - allocate funds to help the National Park Service deal with the impacts of this shutdown.

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