Volunteers across the country are stepping up to clean national parks while the federal government remains shut down.
With Republicans and Democrats dug in their heels over a fight about funding President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, federal employees who are paid to maintain the nation’s park are left without pay. While some outdoor enthusiasts have celebrated free entry to parks across the country, others quickly realized the conditions inside the parks were deteriorating with no supervision.
So they stepped up.
Volunteers at Joshua Tree National Park, around the Washington D.C. monument, in Yellowstone National Park, at the Chattahoochee River Park in Georgia, at Everglades National Park in Florida and all throughout the country have spent their time cleaning up trash bins, campsites and toilets. Some Park Rangers have even shown up to work despite being furloughed without pay.
In the video above, you can see some of the volunteers who have stepped up to clean parks across the country.
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