The husband of Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown rolled up his sleeves to tackle the growing mess at national forest bathrooms in the state caused by the federal shutdown — and sent President Donald Trump the bill.
Dan Little hit the loos overflowing with trash Friday at the Sno-Park at Mt. Hood National Forest.
His wife posted before-and-after photos of a bathroom floor covered with garbage — then cleaned. Little also posed with bags of removed trash — and typed up a bill for his services labeled “U.S. Forest Service Trash Removal” for “President Trump” — at the extremely reasonable rate of $28.
The governor was delighted. “This is just one of the many reasons I love my husband,” she tweeted.
This is just one of the many reasons I love my husband, Dan. He visited Mt. Hood National Forest Sno-Park, and like many national parks across the country, found it a mess due to the partial government shutdown. He cleaned the bathrooms—and sent the bill to President Trump. pic.twitter.com/GvGSZAkoSQ— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) January 11, 2019
Little is a retired data expert for the U.S. Forest Service. He left the job in 2015 after his wife became governor.
National parks and forests are usually closed during government shutdowns to protect them. But during this shutdown — the longest in U.S. history — parks generally have been ordered to remain open even though skeleton staffs at best are policing the areas. The federal open spaces have consequently been overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human feces and destructive off-roading. Some of the iconic trees of Joshua Tree National Park in California have been cut down by off-roaders to open up the wilderness to their vehicles, triggering outrage among park fans and environmentalists.
So everybody keep in mind that 1) there are 417 National Park sites 2) 95% of the excrement will not be cleaned up 3) 5% will be cleaned up with a shovel and a bucket and 4) right now Forest Service gates are being ripped out of the ground and trees are being cut over for fun.— AltForrestService (@AltForestServ) January 1, 2019
Some federal workers are now being called back — with pay — to help supervise hunts on public land.
“It is simply impossible to steward these shared American treasures properly, leaving thousands of lands and waters accessible to the public with no staff on site, even for an emergency,” the groups wrote in a letter. “The adverse impacts upon our nation’s cherished lands and waters could take years to recover.”
The Trump administration has continued to safeguard drilling and mining access to public lands during the shutdown. The federal Bureau of Land Management has accepted and published 22 new drilling permit applications in Alaska, North Dakota, New Mexico and Oklahoma since the start of the shutdown, The Washington Post reported.
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