The National Park Service has issued a general statement explaining its plan due to the governmental shutdown brought about by the inability of the Congress and the President to compromise on the Affordable Care Act and the budget stating that it will “close and secure national park facilities and grounds in order to suspend all activities except for those that are essential to respond to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.” The NPS explains that day use visitors will be instructed to leave the park immediately while visitors utilizing overnight concession accommodations and campgrounds will be notified to make alternate arrangements and depart the park within two days. Wherever possible, park roads will be closed and access will be denied. This does not affect major highways passing through any portion of a national park, such as US Highway 89/191. National and regional offices and support centers will be closed and secured, except where they are needed to support essential personnel. In Grand Teton National Park, the hunting season could be impacted if the shut-down continues for three weeks or more. On the National Forest, campgrounds will be closed and all but essential personnel will be furloughed. Furthermore, contract work for timber removal or construction work will be suspended, but the contractors will be paid none-the-less. Facilities on the National Elk Refuge will be closed as well. Further information about agency closures will be shared later today.