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By Phil Helsel
Reports of overflowing dustbins and baths in US national parks during partial government arrest and destruction of Joshua trees in Southern California. The charity Supporting the parking system, looking for donations for repair as soon as the government reopens.
Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, said the fundraiser, launched on Thursday night, is the closest match to their efforts to recover parks after natural disasters. 1
The government shutdown began in December. In a dispute over President Donald Trump's request to finance a border wall, about 800,000 federal workers were affected, half of whom were enthusiastic and half were without pay. Riday passed a bill to repay workers in the state of Lohn, and Trump said he would sign it.
The National Park Service has not issued a general decision to close the attractions, although the funds caused by the closure are missing. In previous government shutdowns in 2013 and 1995, all parks were closed.
The parking service announced at the weekend to use recreational fees, which are normally used for future park projects to maintain services and access to parks.
Fundraising The National Park Foundation's efforts, which is a congress chartered charity and the nation's premier charitable organization for the federal park service, have no firm goal and it has just begun, Shafroth said. He said the answer had been positive so far.
The foundation will work with Park Rangers to find out where the damage is and where to spend the money spent on the repair, the foundation said. It is unclear how long the shutdown will take in the third week.
"For now, it's a way for people to help us when the opportunity arises," Shafroth said. People from all over the US and around the world visit national parks, and the park service has received more than 330 million recreational visits in 2017.
The Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, approximately 130 kilometers east of downtown Los Angeles, is reported to be under Vandalism and damage have suffered. These include the destruction of iconic desert trees and new ways for off-road vehicles, according to Park Service staff.
Researchers estimate the average lifespan of Joshua trees to be around 150 years, but some of the park's largest trees may be much older according to the park. They are adapted to the desert landscape, said Taylor Jones, who supports endangered species to protect the charitable WildEarth Guardians who focus on the American West.
"The national park is one of our last best places to get Joshua trees," said Taylor.
Joshua Tree National Park and a park service official said this week that the trees had been destroyed since the deadlock, and that people reportedly left footprints for off-road vehicles, forcing the desert to be forced to temporarily shut down. The use of recreational fees prevented a closure.
Joshua trees are pollinated by a single moth type, and the seeds are in a hard capsule that must be broken up by rodents and then cached and not eaten by rodents, Jones said. Young trees are prone to drought and fire, and the loss of even a full-grown tree can have a big impact as they reproduce so slowly, she said.
"So you're not just losing that individual Joshua tree that was specially adapted there you live," Jones said. "They lose all potential offspring."
Some believe the National Parks should have closed during the government's downfall ,
Two groups, Democracy Forward and National Parks Conservation Association, said Friday they want the Interior Inspectorate's office to open a "ruthless decision" investigation to keep the parks open with what they said without adequate crew. They claim the move violates federal laws designed to protect the public land.
"During the government downturn, we have experienced terrible and sometimes irreversible damage to our national parks, including fell trees, stolen artifacts and overflow of" garbage and human waste, as well as illegal off-road drives in fragile wilderness areas, "said Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of National Parks Conservation Association, in a statement closing the government "has left two-thirds of our national parks partially open without adequate staff."
An e-mail to the US Department of the Interior requesting a comment on Friday was not returned immediately.
P Daniel Smith, Deputy Director of the National Park Service, said in a Sunday one Statement that the agency consulted the office of the lawyer of the Ministry of Interior and firm stated that the funds from entry, camping and other fees "can and should be used" "19659007" "We are taking this exceptional step to ensure that parks are protected and that visitors continue to have access to parks with limited basic services "In the statement, he said that the money would be used to clean garbage, clean toilets and take along extra police, park could not be fully opened, and smaller sites would remain closed.
In Death Valley National Park, also in California, a non-profit group and two hotels have kept the visitor center and some restrooms open during standstill and salaries for a handful of rangers funded by Ork at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Reuters reported Thursday.
Shafroth of the National Park Foundation said it was not in his place to comment on whether the parks should remain open during standstill and that the charitable organization does not consider policy decisions.
The role is to step in and make sure that the parks can be maintained and restored as quickly as possible, and reopened, "said Shafroth.
" People across the country, around the world , visit these places. he said.