Outdoor enthusiasts clean up American Fork Canyon during Government Shutdown

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Government Shutdown prompted a group of outdoor enthusiasts to spend Saturday cleaning up American Fork Canyon.

The government shutdown has been in place 29 days, during this time many public places are overrun with trash and human waste while government staff is furloughed.

Thousands of federal employees across Utah are out of work, including thousands of Internal Revenue Service employees in Ogden and U.S. Forest Service and National Park employees across the state.

Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks have reported excess trash and vandalism as the shutdown continues.

Members of the Lehi-based Backcountry Offroad Adventure Rally, or BOAR, decided to take action. The group spent Saturday snow shoveling, removing trash and restocking bathrooms.

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