Here’s the thing. When the federal shutdown is over National Park Service employees will greet the large number of Americans who return to their sites regardless of whether their visitors blamed them for the closings or called for people to violate the barricades. All will get the same friendly welcome and will be able to take advantage of the NPS’s deep pool of talent and commitment to protecting our nation’s most important landscapes and material items. In the end, my friends in the National Park Service want nothing more than to return to the work they love.
Instead of following Republican Congressmen, who have chosen to grandstand in the hopes of deflecting our collective frustration onto an agency that is simply trying to do their jobs under very difficult conditions, I have a suggestion that has the possibility of making a small, but positive difference.
Write a letter to the National Park Service thanking them for their service. Need some help framing your letter?
Today you are not at work, and I am sorry for that. I wish I could do something to help you, but unfortunately the only thing I can do is hope that the government shutdown will be short lived, that the parks will re-open quickly, and that you will be back on payroll soon. In the meantime, I would like to share a note of thanks. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve not thanked you before. For the past five years you have helped us, inspired us, protected us, guided us, taught us, made us laugh, and become a part of our own unique family memories at America’s parks. [Read More]