Group wants Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield closed during government shutdown

Conservationists pushing White House to close Georgia parks completely during government shutdown

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Conservationist groups are now calling on the White House to close national parks like Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield completely.

Stories of closed parking lots, and overflowing trash cans due to the government shutdown are being reported around the country.

And 17 days into the shutdown, some groups say the problems are only getting worse.

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“The fact that there aren't search and rescue personnel makes that a very, very challenging situation,” said an official with the Trust for Public Land.

The Trust for Public Land sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to shut down all national parks while the president and Congress struggle to strike a deal.

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The group sites trash and human waste piling up, as well as "attempted poaching and theft of historical resources."

The National Park Service announced a new plan to use reserved money from visitors fees to help clean the parks.