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National Park Foundation is asking for funds, volunteers to keep parks afloat during shutdown

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jan 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:59:40-05

DENVER – The National Park Foundation is asking for your help to keep parks clean as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues for a 23rd day with no end in sight.

“The partial government shutdown adversely affects national parks. From overflowing garbage cans to damaged natural resources caused by human activity, parks now have new and unexpected challenges,” reads a statement from the National Park Foundation website posted Thursday.

Some of those challenges include assessing the full extent of damages and money, as well as volunteers, will be needed to help restore our national parks, officials said.

So how you can you help?

The National Park Foundation states you can start by donating to the foundation.

“By supporting the Parks Restoration Fund, your donations will go to the parks that need help the most. The National Park Foundation will be able to work across the National Park Service and our park partners to assess needs and provide clean up efforts once the parks are back open.”

You can also sign up to get information about volunteer efforts.

Foundation officials did say, however, that because National Park Service employees are furloughed, coordination efforts for in-park volunteers will have to wait until those employees can return to work.

If you’d like to learn more about both of these options, click here and here.


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