connectVideoNational Park Service dips in entrance, camping and parking fees to pay for staffing and keep some parks open
The money will be used for the staff to maintain the bathrooms, clean up of waste and the patrolling of the parks, all of which are of concern because of the limited staffing because of the Trump board decision to the national parks open during the partial government shutdown.
Joshua Tree National Park is the latest victim of the partial government shutdown, with officials announcing Tuesday it will be forced to close temporarily.
Visitors will no longer be able to enter the park early Jan. 10 to staff to address hygiene, safety and the protection of resources, problems hinder the park since the closure.
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“While the vast majority of those who visit Joshua Tree National Park to do so in a responsible manner, there are incidents of new roads being made by motorists and the destruction of the Joshua trees in the past few days that have precipitated the closure,” the park announced in a press release.
The park notes that law enforcement officials will still be on the site to patrol the park and the enforcement of the closure, while the rest of the staff works on cleaning and security.
Visitors will no longer be able to enter beginning Jan. 10 to 8 hours to staff to address hygiene, safety and resource protection problems.
While there is no word about when the park might reopen, Joshua Tree officials said they hope to restore visitor access “as quickly as possible” to reduce the potential negative impact on the local economy.
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Other National Parks across the country have tapped funds meant for projects in the future in order to keep the sites open and operational during this time. The National Park Service announced the plan Sunday.
“The NPS currently, funding is obtained from the entrance of the camping, parking and other fees collected from park visitors, who are most likely to be used for future projects in parks,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith told of the “extraordinary step” in a statement to the National Park Services website.
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“After consultation with the Office of the Solicitor at the Ministry of the Interior, is determined that these resources can and should be used to provide immediate assistance and services to much-visited parks during the course of the appropriations.”
Fox News’ Michael Bartiromo contributed to this report.