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Q&A: Do Visitors Really Need to Be Shut Out of National Parks During the Government Shutdown?

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By John Garder, Director, Budget and Appropriations As we enter week two of the government shutdown, closed signs and barricades at national parks have become powerful symbols of the fiscal standoff’s impact on people around the country. Visitors are understandably angry and upset to lose access to these places of national pride. Those lost visitors mean that tourist-driven businesses in [...]

Posted on: October 8 2013
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Emotional and Financial Toll of Government Shutdown Hits Home for National Park Service Personnel

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By Emily Douce, Budget and Appropriations Specialist “It was not the National Park Service’s choice to close the parks, but Congress’. Unfortunately, some people were blaming the National Park Service for denying access. It wasn’t easy to ask people to leave; we wanted the people to enjoy the public lands.” -Alan O’Neill, former superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area [...]

Posted on: October 4 2013
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The 10 Best Places You Can’t See Fall Foliage

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Looking for the perfect leaf-peeping spot? National parks offer some of the best places to celebrate fall. NPCA put together a feature on the ten best national parks to see the changing colors, based on the excellent recommendations by our friends at National Geographic. Then Congress closed the national parks. So instead we offer you … the ten best places where [...]

Posted on: October 3 2013
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New Photos and Interactive Map Document Shutdown Effects on National Parks

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Today marks the second day of the government shutdown, and people around the country continue to voice their disappointment and disbelief that the broken budget process in Congress has meant bringing so many important services to a grinding halt—including access to America’s national parks. The outcry over closed parks and monuments has been an important story in the midst of [...]

Posted on: October 2 2013
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NPCA Acting President Makes Statement on Government Shutdown

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NPCA Acting President Theresa Pierno made a statement earlier today regarding the government shutdown and its effects on our national parks. A video of this statement is now available below. The government shutdown has forced the National Park Service to close park entrances, visitor centers, campgrounds, bathrooms, concession stands, and other park facilities. Education programs and special events have been [...]

Posted on: October 1 2013
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