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National Parks closed governement shutdown

Photo Courtesy of http://www.LATimes.com

I know I’m a few days late with this issue but by no means should this be ignored! On October 1, 2013, the government shutdown 401 National Parks across our country. All park grounds, visitor centers, hotels, campgrounds, and park roads – except for thru ways – are closed. All programs are canceled and permits issued for special events on park grounds nationwide are rescinded. Hikers and campers were given 2 days to vacate the premises- by October 3. With our nation entering fall, this is one of the busiest times of the year for our nation’s parks. The National Park System hosts more than 282 million people per year, and more than 715,000 people per day in October. Those visitors spend about $76 million per day in communities near national parks.

It’s not just the outdoor enthusiasts that are being affected by this shutdown- more than 20,000 National Park Service employees, who are furloughed until an appropriation is passed (3,000 employees continue to work, providing essential services, including security, emergency services and firefighting) are being affected.

**Above information was provided by www.nationalparks.org

It was even difficult finding information on this shutdown because www.NPS.gov is temporarily shutdown closing off access to 750,000 web pages about national parks and programs. NPS.gov is used extensively for educational purposes and travel planning by 91 million unique visitors every year.

Positive effects to the National Park shutdown?

With visitors cut off from National Parks, there have been a flood of campers and hikers heading to state parks. Even though some of our Nation’s beloved scenery is cutoff right now, it shouldn’t keep us back from exploring the great outdoors. Now I know you have some thoughts on this- please share:)