Here's the impact the government shutdown is having in Florida's national parks

by Wade Massey January 22, 2018, 1:38
Here's the impact the government shutdown is having in Florida's national parks

On Saturday, Zinke tweeted, "Not all national parks are fully open but we're working hard to make as much accessible as is safely possible".

Visitors can access the road and all commercial services from Gardiner to the Northeast Entrance. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, still apply. Eleanor Holmes Norton that allows D.C.to use local funding to stay open during federal shutdowns. Guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips with commercial operators will be allowed, however, non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will not be allowed during the shutdown.

In Yosemite's case, that means the park gate will be open although no one will staff it.

Some federal lands remained open, like Pinecrest Reservoir in Tuolumne County, which experts surmised was due to differing objectives among federal land-management agencies as well as a practical inability to enforce the closure.

Visitors in campgrounds will not be asked to leave, but no services will be available, including check-in/check-out services.

Rock Creek Park will remain open for anyone who wants to walk or jog along the trails, even though it's a national park. Gift shops, restaurants and other concessionaires inside parks may be permitted to continue operations as long as they remove snow and trash without government staff. Perhaps fearing yet another public relations black eye if social media were flooded with photos of forlorn kids locked out of scenic vistas, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has instituted a vague plan to keep access to some lands, but without park rangers to supervise them. NER operates the Visitor Center and, along with the Chamber, all efforts will be made to keep things running in Jackson.

Devils Tower National Monument: Access is unavailable.

"Smokemont and Cades Cove are the only front country campgrounds that are now open, so we will not ask campers that already have campsites secured to leave those sites, but there will not be any services provided during a shutdown, so there will be no trash collection or bathroom facilities", she said.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site: All fenced facilities will be closed, while the Confluence Trail along the North Platte River is open.

Bison hunting on the National Elk Refuge will continue as scheduled through January 31, 2018. "All of our visitor centers will remain closed during the shutdown period". "If visitors see something that jeopardizes visitor safety or park resources, call Teton Interagency Dispatch Center at 307.739.3301".

U.S.F.S.: Access is not restricted on U.S.F.S. land, but services will be unavailable with the exception of limited emergency services.

The scene on the Mall contrasted dramatically with the last government shutdown, in 2013, when park officials erected barriers around the monuments to keep the public out.

"Access may change without notice, and there are no park-provided services", she said in an email. Visitors are encouraged to check the roads hotline (209/372-0200, press 1 then 1) for current conditions. Pit-style bathrooms (typically in the back country) will remain open. Learn more: https://windriver.org.


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