Government shutdown could mean limited access to national parks, public lands

A congressional deadlock over government funding could mean a loss of access to and activities on many public lands.

A congressional deadlock over government funding could mean a loss of access to and activities on many public lands.

There has been a lot of talk in the news about how a government shutdown will affect the country, its public services, the economy and people’s jobs.

Just so you know, it will also affect some of the places you like to go outdoors.

If Congress does not break its current deadlock over government funding by Tuesday, there will be an impact on public lands.

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently put out a memo describing what federal government functions will and will not continue on public lands as a result of a government shutdown.

You can expect law enforcement duties will still occur in national parks and national monuments, as well as firefighting duties, coastal patrols and access to through roads.

But visitors centers will be closed, and anyone staying at hotels, lodges and campsites in the National Park System will have 48 hours to leave those places once a shutdown occurs.

A lot of other services (education programs, special permits for activities, etc.) will also be cancelled until Congress can come up with some sort of funding plan for the federal government.

So if you have any plans that include going into public lands (particularly NPS lands), watch this situation closely and plan accordingly.

To read the Interior Department memo, click this link.

Bob Doucette

On Twitter @RMHigh7088

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