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Government shutdown affects local public lands

Pinnacles National Park East entrance is closed. West entrance has limited services.

Updated information. The federal government shutdown still occurring, Pinnacles National Park is closed. Other federal operations in San Benito County are working with limited services and schedules.

The East and West entrances of Pinnacles National Park are currently closed but additional information is not available. 

Public information centers like entrance stations and visitor centers will not be staffed. Scheduled ranger-led programs will not be taking place. There will be no updates on road and weather conditions during the shutdown. The Pinnacles website is not being updated at this time.

The National Park Service says that park websites might not reflect local conditions, as those pages are not being maintained during the shutdown.

All Bureau of Land Management public land is still open. Campgrounds are open, but are not maintained. Restrooms will not be cleaned during the shutdown.

Tom Holmes, a ranger with the Central Coast Field Office, cautions that while law enforcement officers are working, “We have four counties to cover.”

The San Benito Resource Conservation District office is open, however the local district works closely with the National Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, both of which are closed.

The U.S. Postal Service is not affected by the shutdown.

For more information on the government shutdown check here.



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Carmel de Bertaut (Carmeldb)

I have a BA in Natural Science, a minor in environmental studies and an AA in communications studies. I have worked as an ecologist and as a writer.


As of Dec. 30, East Pinnacles National Park is closed    except for those with a confirmed campground reservation. West Pinnacles National Park currently remains open to the public for day use. 

We lost the use of both Clear Creek and the San Justo Reservoir while the government was open for business, so I’m not sure which situation is worse (sarcasm alert).

These politically-driven shutdowns have become a ritual under both Democratic and Republican administrations and they end when both sides have wrung all the publicity advantage out of them as humanly possible.

Once each camp has proven how tough they are and how dedicated to their rabid partisan supporters who dominate national politics, they will find an excuse to end it all to no one’s benefit.

Happy New Year, the more things change the more they remain the same.

Marty Richman

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