AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, NATIONAL PARKS WILL USE ENTRANCE FEES TO TAKE OUT TRASH | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


AS SHUTDOWN DRAGS ON, NATIONAL PARKS WILL USE ENTRANCE FEES TO TAKE OUT TRASH

As the government shutdown continues into a third week, the Interior Department has made the controversial and unprecedented decision to use visitor fees collected at national parks to help deal with the maintenance and safety issues that have emerged as iconic public lands remained open but understaffed when the government failed to pass a budget in December, The Washington Post reported.

"We are taking this extraordinary step to ensure that parks are protected, and that visitors can continue to access parks with limited basic services," National Park Service (NPS) Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith wrote in the NPS statement announcing the plan Sunday.

The unusual decision, formalized by a memorandum signed by acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Saturday, authorizes park managers to use entrance fees to pay staff to clean restrooms, remove trash, patrol parks and reopen areas closed to tourists during the shutdown, The Washington Post reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Department of the Interior is at least trying to remedy the problems the shut down creates; and difficult as it is, during this governmental shutdown, they are at least trying to minimize the damage.

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