PINEDALE – Last week, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell announced she would consider opening national parks if state governors showed an interest and ability to fully fund National Park Service (NPS) personnel.
“As a result of the government shutdown, the DOI was forced to close all national parks across the country last week and furlough more than 20,000 NPS employees who ensure the safety of visitors and the security of the resources,” a statement from DOI Spokesperson Blake Androff reads. “The DOI will begin conversations about how to proceed as expeditiously as current limited resources allow. We continue to call on Congress to act swiftly to enact appropriations for the entire government so that we can reopen all 401 national parks for the American people.”
Utah immediately jumped on the offer and announced it would open the Beehive State’s five national parks. Wyoming and Gov. Matt Mead, though, remained staunchly opposed to the offer, with Mead stating, “Wyoming cannot bail out the federal government.”
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