National Parks Can Reopen if States Pick Up the Tab

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell testifies before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 10, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

Some of the na­tion­al parks closed dur­ing the gov­ern­ment shut­down will be able to re­open if states dip in­to their own funds to keep them run­ning, AP re­ports.

In­teri­or Sec­ret­ary Sally Jew­ell said those con­di­tions were ap­proved after at least four gov­ernors said the clos­ures’ eco­nom­ic im­pact made it worth their in­vest­ment to keep the parks open. “Sec­ret­ary Jew­ell will con­sider agree­ments with gov­ernors who in­dic­ate an in­terest and abil­ity to fully fund Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice per­son­nel to re­open na­tion­al parks in their states,” said In­teri­or spokes­man Blake An­droff.

Ari­zona, Col­or­ado, South Dakota, and Utah have all shown will­ing­ness to pitch in to keep their parks op­er­a­tion­al. Former In­teri­or Sec­ret­ary Ken Salaz­ar said earli­er Thursday that park clos­ures were cost­ing $76 mil­lion a day.


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