Run for Regis shared on Facebook that "the government did not pass a funding continuation and is now considered to be shut down. I'll be out here everyday".
He hopes an agreement in the federal government can be reached.
The House yesterday passed a bill to continue to fund the government through February 16th to accommodate ongoing discussions over budget caps, immigration policy and other issues.
During the last shutdown in October 2013, the Obama administration had an incentive to convey that message to the public, after some House Republicans and Sen.
On the surface, keeping public lands open is a good thing-and the Trump administration is hoping few Americans will examine the decision at a deeper level.
However, if you were looking for similar headlines under the Trump administration, keep looking.
Government employees do not get paid during the shutdown whether they are furloughed or continue working. They are popular with local businesses as well as the hundreds of millions of tourists who visit them annually - and turning visitors away is a potent way to highlight how the government shutdown is hurting real people.
Zinke then got into his auto and drove to the WWII memorial to greet visitors and hand out maps and helped with directions.
"I spent the morning walking around, giving brochures out", Zinke said. "We're blessed with our park system, BLM [Bureau of Land Management lands] and great public lands and treasures". But visitor services were curtailed at parks nationwide, which sometimes came with a different price. "But to the degree possible, we will keep our public lands open".
People can still use the park, but they will not get emergency help from park staff.
Spokesmen for the Alibates Flint Quarries and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area said they remain open during the weekend and are still awaiting guidance to know if they will be open on Monday.
Four years ago, after Congress failed to agree on funding and the government shut down, National Park Service employees rolled out barricades at many D.C. monuments and other national parks nationwide. Some Yosemite areas are accessible, however access may change without notice, and there will be limited NPS-provided services. Its public statements on its plans are unclear and officials from California parks did not release more details on Thursday about whether they'd be able to open their gates.
This is not to say the funds the administration seeks to obtain for the $11.3 billion national parks fix backlog are not sorely needed.
From a political perspective, Zinke believes Democrats shutting down the government was a "political miscalculation".
"It's frustrating because were a better country than this".
"It's not like these areas are impervious to impact, to vandalism, to terrorism attacks, to damage", he said.