Though visitors can still access trails, roads and lookouts at Redwood National Park, most services will be unavailable due to the government shutdown.
However, operations continue at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks since they are managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, according to a national park press release.
Many agencies operated by the federal government began the process of shutting down Saturday due to a lapse in appropriations, according to the Washington Post. Though some employees will continue working, many have been furloughed. According to the Post, in both cases, those employees will be unpaid until spending authority is restored.
More than 20,000 people work for the National Park Service creating recreational opportunities for visitors and locals, preserving history and caring for 418 units nationwide, according to the press release.
At Redwood National Park, this means that emergency and rescue services will be limited. Restrooms have been locked. Trash collection, facilities and roads maintenance and public information services have been suspended, according to the press release.
Social media pages and websites belonging to the National Park Service aren’t being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions, according to the release. Ranger-led interpretive walks, scientific research and other programs have been canceled due to the shutdown, according to the release.
Visitors will also be unable to obtain permits to the Tall Trees Grove trailhead off Bald Hills Road as well as most backcountry permits, according to the press release. However, permits to Gold Bluffs Beach are still available and can be obtained at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, according to the press release.