Poll | Should the national parks close during the government shutdown?

Keep them accessible? Or halt growingsanitation and maintenance issues?
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Mt Rainier National Park closed during the government shutdown of 2013

Mt. Rainier National Park closed for the 2013 government shutdown and has closed its gates again.

With thousands of federal workers on furlough during the government shutdown, the national parks are left without crucial stewards. Some sites are seeing an increase in human waste, garbage, and bad behavior. While these treasured places should be accessible for all, some are arguing that the parks should shutter until the government is back up and running. What do you think?


Kristen Soderman entered this photo in the 2015 National Park Photo Contest sponsored by Tamron.

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Poop, litter pile up in national parks

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