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How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?

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Offline Despoblado

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How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:09:56 PM »
I've read a number of articles about the issues at places like Yosemite and Yellowstone which are high-visitation parks and the troubles they are having keeping up with trash, restroom upkeep, pit toilet pumpout, etc with too few rangers for the number of visitors. Some parks like Yosemite could end up with some really unfortunate bear-human issues because there aren't rangers to educate and enforce bear safety rules. If bears learn that humans and piled up trash are easy food sources, that's hard to reteach bears to stay away.

How is BBNP holding up? I guess this is one of those times that BBNP being a relatively low-visitation park is a good thing.

Just wondering if there have been volunteer efforts to pick up trash, communicate with visitors, etc. I wish I was closer to make it easy to pitch in. I might even consider making the trip from Dallas for a quick weekend out and back if there's a dire need.

Thanks in advance for some of you locals or recent visitors chiming in on the park conditions.

Thanks,
Matt

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2019, 06:13:51 AM »
There have been several threads on this.  Sounds like for the most part that it has not been as badly affected at places like Yosemite and Joshua Tree.

Here is one.

Here is another one.
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http://40yearsofwalking.wordpress.com/

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2019, 08:16:32 AM »
BIBE has fared much better than Joshua Tree and Yosemite. For the most part folks have been packing out their trash and volunteers have pitched in to help.

January 13
Volunteers from Marathon headed into Big Bend National Park to pick up garbage this afternoon. The good news is there was next to no trash outside of designated trash bins! We emptied all the full garbage and recycling bins at Persimmon Gap visitor center, the fossil exhibit and at Panther Junction. We're also glad to report that the restrooms at all sites we're in good condition and still in use! Thank you to those visitors who are doing the right thing by packing out your own garbage! Help us keep Big Bend Beautiful!

Update 1/15/18
Using revenue from recreation fees, Big Bend National Park will resume routine basic custodial services and trash removal today. This will allow the re-opening of Old Maverick Road, Santa Elena Canyon trail, and restrooms/vault toilets that have previously been closed.

Of course, not everything has been rosy outside the park.
January 14 at 3:56 PM
Fyi, Theres a group of 10 dirt bikers off the road blazing new trails on the hills and dunes off Indian Head Rd. They are climbing the hills opposite Maverick Mountain and all the way to Indian Head. I witnessed this from my property . Took a photo but I couldn't zoom in that well to see the group clearly. That's them on top of the hill just right of center. I did report it to the sheriff's office. They are just now headed out on Indian Head rd towards the motel, hauling ass and off the road..

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2019, 09:08:43 AM »
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Marcos Paredes, a former law enforcement ranger who patrolled the Rio Grande for 25 years prior to retiring in 2010, said the park has never had trouble with any of the Mexican vendors.

Like Davidson, Paredes said he was not surprised there would be an uptick in craft displays on the U.S. side.

Typically, there may be two or three stations set up, but on Saturday at least seven were visible along Rio Grande trails.

“Closing (the border crossing) off has really created a hardship for the people over there,” he said “They’re desperate for something, anything to make a little money.” 

The recent government shutdown isn’t the first time Boquillas has been hard hit by the closure of the crossing. After 9/11 the federal government mandated the point of entry be shut down for security purposes and no one dared cross the river illegally as the border was heavily patrolled by officers who threatened trespassers with jail time, Paredes said.

By the time it reopened in 2013, the village was almost nonexistent.

“It was a ghost town,” Paredes said.

Boquillas residents rely on Big Bend and neighboring towns not only for the tourists they attract, but for groceries, gas and other services. The nearest major hub in Mexico—Muzquiz—is a four- to five-hour drive away.

The devastation caused by the 9/11 crossing closure was so crippling, Paredes was inspired to start a Christmas drive. Friends and family donate hams, toys and other gifts and Paredes, dressed as Santa Claus, delivers the items to the children of Boquillas. 

This past Christmas, in anticipation of the shutdown, Paredes slipped into his Santa suit two days early and delivered four canoes worth of gifts to the town’s 60 families.

“It’s such a blow for them to get shut back down,” he said. “They had been recovering nicely.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-shutdown-increased-illegal-crossings-at-this-slice-of-the-border?source=us-news&via=rss

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 11:02:28 AM »
Big Bend Ranch SP has been completely overwhelmed due to the shutdown. Campsites along the river have been full for weeks now and we are struggling to keep up with trash pickup and visitors damaging park resources. If you do come to BBRSP, please tread lightly and do your research before you come as you will be on your own once you are here.
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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2019, 12:09:43 PM »
Big Bend Ranch SP has been completely overwhelmed due to the shutdown. Campsites along the river have been full for weeks now and we are struggling to keep up with trash pickup and visitors damaging park resources. If you do come to BBRSP, please tread lightly and do your research before you come as you will be on your own once you are here.

And yet, BBRSP keeps getting rave reviews from everyone unexpectedly diverted there because of the federal shutdown. You guys are doing great work under difficult circumstances, Ranger Tim.  Sorry to hear about the damage to the park resources. That makes me sad. But kudos to you all for your extraordinary work. 

BBRSP may no longer be one of the best kept secrets in Texas. (Hmmmmmm, not sure how I feel about that......)
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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2019, 01:35:58 PM »
Big Bend Ranch SP has been completely overwhelmed due to the shutdown. Campsites along the river have been full for weeks now and we are struggling to keep up with trash pickup and visitors damaging park resources. If you do come to BBRSP, please tread lightly and do your research before you come as you will be on your own once you are here.

And yet, BBRSP keeps getting rave reviews from everyone unexpectedly diverted there because of the federal shutdown. You guys are doing great work under difficult circumstances, Ranger Tim.  Sorry to hear about the damage to the park resources. That makes me sad. But kudos to you all for your extraordinary work. 

BBRSP may no longer be one of the best kept secrets in Texas. (Hmmmmmm, not sure how I feel about that......)

I know how I feel about it.  I jealously covet both BBNP and BBRSP.  I wish one of the the Yankees, Austinites, or Dallasites, would get snake bit (not really) and report back to their local news stations that the  land south of US 90 is not made for them.
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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2019, 01:48:01 PM »
And yet, BBRSP keeps getting rave reviews from everyone unexpectedly diverted there because of the federal shutdown. You guys are doing great work under difficult circumstances, Ranger Tim.  Sorry to hear about the damage to the park resources. That makes me sad. But kudos to you all for your extraordinary work. 

BBRSP may no longer be one of the best kept secrets in Texas. (Hmmmmmm, not sure how I feel about that......)

Oh, the secret is out for sure. I just wish the TX Legislature understood our needs as well as so many Big Benders do. And thank you for your kind words.

What I really worry about, to be quite honest, are places like Casa Reza and Rancherias Springs getting loved to death. Far flung locales within the park were never meant to get the kind of visitation that they do, and that can frequently come with a lot of resource damage. I know that a lot people have decried the closing of places like the Cat Tail Falls Trailhead in BBNP, but it is exactly situations like this that lead to treasured places being closed off to the public. I just hope it never comes to that at BBRSP.
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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2019, 02:35:15 PM »
I completely understand. I’ve seen a lot of my favorite places get loved to death over the last 40 years of wilderness travel.  A place can definitely get TOO popular. If I ever get bitten by a rattlesnake, I’ll try to make sure it happens in BBRSP.

Thanks for lighting a fire under me, though - all the kudos in the world plus a dollar will buy a cup of coffee. So I’m also writing my state senator and house member right now to praise the state park and its staff and urge my reps to help the park meet its needs.


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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2019, 07:33:08 PM »
These people thankfully weren’t mpacted by the shutdown...

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2019, 09:34:41 PM »
These people thankfully weren’t mpacted by the shutdown...

Here's this bozo's account:
https://www.instagram.com/dk_dpt/
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs60eMUBZt9/

Any guesses where they camped and built the fire?

And since he was kind enough to include his email in one of his publicly posted pics, here's his Facebook and LinkedIn pages:
https://www.facebook.com/dkosareff
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-kosareff-44436b15a/
« Last Edit: January 22, 2019, 09:42:00 PM by RichardM »

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2019, 10:37:48 PM »
I recognize that EXACT place.  I've been there!  It's actually in BBRSP!
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2019, 10:45:09 PM »
I love it when people post pics NOT from the top of Emory, as if they are real daredevil mountain people, and you know they chickened out climbing a little 15’  section of class 3. 🐔

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Re: How is Big Bend faring during government shutdown?
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2019, 04:11:02 PM »
At least a three week reprieve.


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