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Many people don't realize just how much work goes into running a national park and how much of an impact @NatlParkService has on local communities. Park rangers are sharing a few of the things that aren't happening because of the #TrumpShutdown
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Adding metadata to park archives and making photographs ADA compliant
Distance learning programs for students all over the world
Monitoring archaeological sites and helping visitors understand their impact on park resources
Hiring new employees and processing background checks and personnel actions to prepare for the busy summer season
Working on habitat restoration and preservation through large-scale modeling for species of concern
Providing community outreach at @zoomiami
Creating partnerships with local businesses
Creating virtual field trip programs so teachers across the country can bring their students to visit the park
Helping visitors understand the devastation of a domestic terror attack
Inspiring children to fall in love with bugs
Reviewing applications and apportionting federal grant money to fund important projects at state and local parks
Finalizing details and writing a press release for a Winter Film Festival
Helping families find their loved ones buried in the national cemetery
Repairing water and sewer lines, performing road and vehicle maintenance, clearing flood debris
Establishing pipeline servicing agreements among federal agencies, non-profits, and private companies
Preparing financial paperwork and contracts for major construction projects
Rushing to get everything in place before taking (unpaid) maternity leave
Updating the safety program, conducting asset condition assessments, mowing, the budget
Tracking travel trends, and all of this:
Hiring staff to work on an object conservation project and installing a new museum exhibit
Conducting NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) compliance to create new recreational opportunities for visitors
Making sure people get paid for their work!
Writing a grant so they can digitize their cool fossil collection for the public
Processing GIS data, building a database, writing reports and project proposals
Preparing a webinar course on science communication
Leading 4th, 5th, and 6th graders through the Evergaldes (without losing any to pythons, alligators, crocodiles, or sharks!)
Spending $250,000 on supplies from local, family-owned businesses
Providing guidance to maintenance field crews and accountability to American taxpayers
Deploying much needed resources to hurricane recovery efforts, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Updating river operation plans for concessions and permit holders
Preparing curriculum materials for local schools to visit the park for free through an Every Kind in a Park grant
Leading snowshow hikes, orchestrating tribal outreach
Making arrangements for a visiting scholar to research insulation performance in historic structures
Recruiting a wildland fire communications specialist
Preparing archival resources at Maggie L Walker NHS for digitization
Processing permit requests to hold your wedding (and photograph it) at Yosemite
Reviewing appropriate treatments allowable under Historic Preservation Tax Act projects for tax credits
Ensuring elephant seals are safe from visitors, and visitors are safe from elephant seals
Planting 15,000 native plants grown from seed in the park's nursery
Providing safe drinking water to visitors and employees at the Grand Canyon
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