Volunteers stepping up to keep SNP clean

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Shenandoah National Park Trust has been stepping up in a big way to help maintain parts of the park during the partial government shutdown.

Volunteers from throughout Virginia have made their way to the park to help clean any messes left by recent visitors.

The trust has been paying companies to continue the toilet upkeep at the Old Rag and White Oak Canyon parking lots. It is also raising emergency funds to get volunteers to help with the trails.

Susan Sherman is the Executive Director for SNP Trust and said they are working to clean parts of the park people normally forget.

"There are a lot of ways to get into the park from the boundary and some of them have very small parking areas where we suspect traffic may be overflowing," Sherman said.

The organization has taken over the Applied Portable Toilets contract from the park. Because of this, they do not plan on receiving any money from the government after the shutdown is over.

If you would like to help raise money for the effort, you can donate right to the trust itself or buy SNP license plates from the DMV.

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