Muslim youth group collects trash at national parks during government shutdown

Arches National Park

"With the government shutdown entering its third week, the National Park Service is right to search for creative ways to get our nation's most popular parks back up and running", Regan said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. "For those parks that don't collect fees, they will now be in the position of competing for the same inadequate pot of money to protect their resources and visitors".

If Shenandoah National Park takes part in the plan, the trust says it will still cover the cleaning cost of port-a-potties.

"Instead of robbing from park funds, the President needs to work with Congress to fully reopen the federal government, including our national parks", Pierno's statement read.

This weekend, NPS Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith announced the agency will use internal funds to address the growing sanitation and safety concerns plaguing national parks.

Thanks to the strong relationships that many national parks have built with partners across the country, a number of states, private concession companies, and park nonprofit groups have stepped up to provide millions of dollars' worth of donations and in-kind services to help over forty parks continue to provide key services for visitors.

The first thing Purdy's husband and business co-owner Seth Zaharias did the morning after the partial government shutdown began on December 22, was go to Walmart and spend $100 on toilet paper.

Fortune has reached out to the National Park Service for additional comment on these deaths and how the government shutdown is impacting safety and emergency procedures at the parks.

"As a result, there will be no public services including food, restrooms or snow plowing sufficient for safe travel anywhere in the park beginning late Sunday", the statement said, adding that visitors would still be allowed to access the park by foot.

Purdy then posted on Facebook, inviting others to join them in cleaning the park, and it quickly grew into a grassroots volunteer movement. "They're something we all appreciate", said Alleyn Harned, who organized the cleanup effort. On any given day, 10 to 50 people will show up.

Dubbed the "Toilet Paper Angels", the volunteers working with Purdy, Zaharias and two local non-profits - Friends of Joshua's Tree and the Joshua Tree Climber's Collective - are bringing in hundreds of rolls of toilet paper into the park every day.

"I've seen multiple toilets covered in diarrhea", Zaharias said.

I anticipated trash cans overflowing with rubbish, people camping where they shouldn't, and that the park would be filled far beyond capacity.

In Tennessee, a father-daughter duo has been tackling the litter left behind on the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So we are looking into food support.

Some are calling for parks to close for the duration of the standoff.

The news of the National Park Service's decision brought some relief to his wife.

One organization based out of Charlottesville is chipping in to help Shenandoah National Park.



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