National Park Service to stop serving ‘waste’ at campsites in Georgia
The National Park Services is considering closing at least nine campsites at Georgia’s Zion National Park because of waste, according to a letter to the park service dated Wednesday.
The move comes as the National Park Foundation, which manages the parks, is looking to cut spending, including on camp sites.
The letter was signed by the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Wilderness Association, and other groups.
The Park Service last year decided to close at least 13 campsites because of a lack of space and staff, according in a report by the Associated Press.
But the campsites have been open since at least 2012.
A group of conservationists wrote a letter this month asking the Park Service not to close campsites for “safety reasons” because the parks are not currently under the threat of a major fire.
A park spokesman said in an email that the campsite closures are planned for a time and are being implemented “to ensure that park visitors and staff have adequate shelter and recreation options.”
The agency will not provide details about the camp closures, saying it is reviewing the issue.
The parks agency has not said how many campers there are, or how many were camped on the park’s western edge.
The agency did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Campsites are used by thousands of campers who spend time camping on the national park’s scenic meadows, mountain ranges and canyons, including those within the park itself.
The National Parks Service has been trying to cut costs and has tried to limit camping.
Last year, the agency closed more than half of the parkgrounds in the western U.S., including Camp 1, a remote campground in southeastern Washington State.
The closures followed the announcement of a $1.6 million federal funding offer to help fund the closure of Camp 1 and the other seven campgrounds.
The campsites were built in the 1980s and have become a draw for visitors and campers seeking a safe space.
They are the only places in the parks that can be used for winter camping.
The Park Service has also tried to close Camp 2, the largest of the campgrounds that are used as shelters and campsites.
The Camp 2 campground is located in the town of Eufaula, about 200 miles north of Augusta, Georgia.
The federal government is offering to help cover the cost of replacing the camps.
In a statement, the parks agency said it would also seek to limit the use of the sites to three people.
The campgrounds, some of which were built during World War II, are located near a popular fishing spot and also near a recreation area.
“The Park Conservancy is in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of our operations and policies to ensure that the campground management plans are appropriate and consistent with the park and conservation priorities, and that the park remains an attractive destination for visitors,” the agency said.
The agency said in a statement that the decision to close the camp sites comes as a result of “the growing concern and community concern about the continued use of camping sites for recreation and camping on national park land.”
The parks service is also considering closing other campsites, such as those in the U.P.S. Wilderness Area, and some other sites in the Parklands, which includes the Ute Indian Reservation and the southern tip of the Columbia River Gorge.
Some of the parks parks are also considering reducing the number of people who can camp at campsite sites.
But they are not planning to shut down Camp 2.