Government Shutdown Takes Toll on Bay Area's National Parks

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Recology volunteered their services to help haul trash away from Ocean Beach on Jan. 5, 2018, as Rep. Jackie Speier and Rep. Jared Huffman led a group of volunteers in collecting trash Lands End and Ocean Beach during the government shutdown. (Photo: Michelle Wiley/KQED )

As the partial government shutdown continues, visitors to many of the Bay Area's national parks, including Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore, are finding overflowing trash, locked bathrooms and a lack of ranger presence. We'll discuss the shutdown's ecological impacts on the parks and what can be done to mitigate the damage.


Paul Rogers, managing editor, KQED's Science unit; environment writer, The Mercury News

Neal Desai, Pacific region field director, National Parks Conservation Association