The Government Shutdown: Bird Walks Continue; Report Harm
During the current federal government closure, as of January 2, 2019, people can access the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve trail and our Sunday, 8 a.m., bird walks are allowed. Therefore, the walks will resume on January 6. All restrooms are closed.
The National Park Service website (www.nps.gov) says that “for most parks, there will be no National Park Service-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection or facilities or road maintenance.”
Report Any Harm that You See in GWMP Parks
George Washington Memorial Parkway officials request that visitors to Dyke Marsh and other units of the parkway report any harm to park resources. There are media reports of unauthorized activities on some park lands across the U.S. like decorating trees, running dogs off-leash and flying drones. Trash is accumulating in many parks. Be sure to take your trash out of the park.
For emergencies, call 911. Otherwise, the Parkway police can be reached at 703-285-1000.
The Department of Interior has posted shutdown information here: https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.opengov.ibmcloud.com/files/faq.pdf. The National Parks and Conservation Association provides some useful information at https://www.npca.org/articles/1733-what-does-the-government-shutdown-mean-for-national-parks-and-park-visitors.