Old Faithful Geyser erupts in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says the government
shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to
national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an
estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking
reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local
economies across the country.
The report released Monday said five states, including California and
Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.
Six states received permission to reopen national parks within their
borders using state money. The report said those states generated nearly
$10 in visitor spending for every dollar spent. Utah, Arizona,
Colorado, New York, South Dakota and Tennessee all reopened parks.
A bill is pending in Congress to reimburse those states.
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