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Daddy-daughter duo go on 'Government Shutdown Litter Patrol' instead of hiking in the park

Posted at 11:15 AM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 12:17:43-05

A daddy-daughter duo took to the national park trails to 'give back' to the the Mother Nature currently being neglected due to the partial government shutdown.

For the remainder of the government shutdown, there will be no more open bathrooms or garbage collection anywhere in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Marc Newland and his daughter Erica spent their Thursday in the Great Smoky Mountains collecting litter on both the Little River and Jake's Creek and later taking their good deeds to Laurel Falls.

In a now widely circulated Facebook post, Newland and his daughter challenged park visitors to take a pause on the selfies with the beautiful views and pick up trash.

"These mountains give so much to so many people. Imagine if only a fraction of those people decided to give back to the mountains," Newland wrote.