Yosemite National Park closed on its birthday, honored with Google Doodle

Yosemite National Park wasn't even open on its own birthday.
Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com  |  Oct. 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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Google paid homage to Yosemite for the famed national park's 123rd birthday Tuesday with one of its homepage Doodles. But on day 1 of the shutdown, the 761,000-acre park got no birthday love from federal government.

Yosemite National Park is just one of the many victims of Tuesday's shutdown, which includes parks, zoos, monuments and offices all over the country. Even Yosemite's website is down.

“Anyone who's hoping to arrive, even for a day visit, would see gates closed and would be turned away,” National Park Service rep Mike Litterst told the Los Angeles Times. “There won't be any access.”

Yosemite employees worked to notify tourists and park visitors of the shutdown. People already in the park were given 48 hours to leave.

According to the National Park Service's contingency plan, more than 21,000 park employees around the country have been furloughed for the shutdown. Little more than 3,200 employees deemed "essential" -- law enforcement officials, emergency care personnel, etc. -- were exempt from furloughs.

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