Utah Gets Around Federal Shutdown, Will Open National Parks

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 Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown.

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that a deal has been reached with the Department of Interior to reopen the State’s five national parks, Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges national monuments, and the Glen Canyon Nation Recreation Area.

“It’s very unique,” said superintendent Todd W. Brindle of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Due to the lack of appropriations from Congress, the Department of Interior was forced to close all national parks across the country last week and furlough more than 20,000 National Park Service employees that ensure the safety of visitors and the security of the resources.

In response to the economic impacts that the park closures are having on many communities and local businesses, Secretary of the Interior Jewell announced yesterday that she will consider agreements with Governors who indicate an interest and ability to fully fund National Park Service (NPS) personnel to reopen national parks in their states. Read more here.