The government shutdown means Yosemite and other national parks, including Shenandoah National park, will be closed until a new budget is passed. It's the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park and unfortunately no one can enjoy it. This morning once I heard the news, I did some research as to how this will effect our treasured Shenandoah National park. The shutdown will hurt Central Virginia in many ways. Putting a standstill at the parks during one of the busiest times of year due to fall foliage. 25% of the Shenandoah National Park's yearly visitors come during the month of October to see the fall foliage, according to CBS 19 in Charlottesville. Closing the park could amount to millions of dollars lost since there is an entrance fee. Local businesses could feel the effects of the park closing too because there will be fewer tourists. As a nature photographer who visits the park, I was looking forward to enjoying the display nature puts on this time of year. I felt rather uneasy having this right so easily, and so quickly taken away. God gave us Nature to enjoy, to share, to expierence, take care of. Not be mandated by government officials to tell us when we can or can't enjoy America's national treasures. Those who hold nature and our national parks dear to our hearts are definitely feeling the impact of this shutdown. Unfortunately, there are some people who are getting hit harder. This situation has impacted some people in more ways than just not being able to visit a park. I've been told there are more important issues and this I understand! I hope that me bringing light to what is important to me isn't taking away from some of the more important issues. But this is my opinion and I choose to defend it, as others have chosen to defend what's important to them. I pray for those who are being hurt right now because of this shutdown. I pray that this problem is resolved quickly, so that nature will no longer be held hostage. I hope you enjoy the images I've uploaded, they are from Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive. I wish for them to inspire others to stand up and speak for our national parks. Speak for what is rightfully ours, and stop this shutdown on nature!
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