News Alert!!: Kelso, CA: Parts of the Mojave National Preserve closed due to continuing problems with trash, vandalism and resource damage sustained from visitors during government shutdown.

News Alert!!: Kelso, CA: Parts of the Mojave National Preserve closed due to continuing problems with trash, vandalism and resource damage sustained from visitors during government shutdown.

In a press release from Todd Suess of the Mojave National Preserve, due to the government shutdown, Mojave National Preserve will be closing the parking lot and area around the Historic Kelso Depot for health and safety concerns due to continuing issues with trash, vandalism, and resource damage.

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This closure will be effective starting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4th, 2018, and will remain in effect for the duration of the government shutdown.

Visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations.

During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible. All normal preserve rules and regulations still apply, and violators will be cited.

Offroad vehicle travel is illegal; vehicles must stay on established roadways in the preserve.

Camping must be in accordance with preserve regulations. Visitors are encouraged to stop and use restroom facilities in nearby gateway communities as there are extremely limited restroom facilities within the preserve.

Visitors are also encouraged to practice Leave No Trace principles, and to pack in and pack out all waste.

Additional areas within Mojave National Preserve may close at any time for the health and safety of visitors. For updates on the shutdown, please visit: https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

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