The man was not in a restricted area, Munoz said. "It'll be fine. I don't understand why we'd think the parks are going to be fine if we just leave them open".
Nonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial USA government shutdown lingers. Memorial by the Tidal Basin, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington, during a partial government shutdown.
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"We aren't releasing more detail because the incident remains under investigation, which is taking longer than usual because of the shutdown", Munoz said in an email.
"Throughout the year, the National Park System offers a wide range of visitor experiences in unique landscapes with potential hazards that may exist at parks across the nation", Barnum said.
"The Trump administration has forced a government shutdown and is trying to avoid its devastating impacts by pretending nothing is wrong - you can't have it both ways", Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the chairman-designate of the House Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement to E&E News.
Joshua Tree park officials said that all campgrounds would close at noon on January 2 due to health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity. According to multiple reports, some parks - like Yosemite National Park in California - are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading. The waterless bathrooms in which visitors can relieve themselves into a sealed container buried underground had remained open. Conditions at the park have deteriorated as pit toilets overflow, visitors let their dogs off their leashes and drive off road, and people set up camp in protected areas or sites reserved by others. But no workers are around to pump out the waste. Others, like Yosemite and Joshua Tree, are easier to get into.