The government shutdown has created a crisis in our national parks.

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A temporary fix won’t solve this long-term problem.

Following the longest shutdown in U.S. history, federal employees have returned to work under an agreement to reopen the government for three weeks.

That means federal workers—including about 16,000 National Park Service employees—will receive back pay, and our public lands will return to full staffing. That’s a relief … but for people who care about our public lands, it’s not time to celebrate yet.

The shutdown damaged parks and put visitors at risk. While federal employees are back at work, it’s time to take steps to repair the damage, and ensure it never happens again.


How one national park town has weathered the government shutdown

“Cleaning up trash and restocking bathrooms isn’t necessarily what I wanted to be doing with my time over the holidays,” says Seth Zaharias of Joshua Tree, California. “But we weren’t just going to let the park overflow with junk.”

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Since 1972, we’ve expanded or strengthened protections on national parks over 200 times. We’ve worked tirelessly to make our parks, monuments, and historic sites more accessible and welcoming for every person. Learn more about our work in Yosemite, Zion, and across the country.