First comes the shutdown, then follows the shit-dawn. Three and a half years after Donald Trump’s mouth started overflowing with feces, he’s finally begun to work his magic on some of our nation’s most treasured national parks.
Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks on Monday, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty.
“It’s a free-for-all,” Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said by telephone Monday, as Yosemite National Park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas within the park that are overwhelmed.
“It’s so heartbreaking. There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I’ve seen in my four years living here,” Snider said.
During previous shutdowns, the national parks were closed, but apparently, Donald Trump decided to run the national park system like his administration, reasoning that we really don’t need to pay for costly extras like highly trained experts, able factotums, and plungers.
So what you’re seeing is damage to pristine areas, unresolvable fights between visitors over campsites at places like Joshua Tree National Park and, of course, those overflowing toilets:
“We’re afraid that we’re going to start seeing significant damage to the natural resources in parks and potentially to historic and other cultural artifacts,” [John] Garder, [senior budget director of the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association], said. “We’re concerned there’ll be impacts to visitors’ safety.”
“It’s really a nightmare scenario,” Garder said.
Welcome to our nightmare, sir. There’s nowhere to hide now. Not even the desert.
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