Category: National Park Shutdown

Shutting Down “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

Shutting Down “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

(At the end of this story you’ll find additional updates that we will continue to post as the U.S. National Parks begin to reopen following the end of the recent federal government shutdown.)
Ken Burn’s 2009 documentary film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, said it all: Our national government has preserved lands of great scenic beauty and environmental importance for enjoyment by past, present, and future generations of travelers.

In 2012, nearly three hundred million people visited the 59 public lands administered by the U.S. National Park Service.

NPS symbolBut since the beginning of the federal government’s current fiscal year on October 1st, that number has dropped to zero.




And that’s because the Congressional stalemate over the federal budget has slammed the door, literally and figuratively, in the face of incoming park visitors, and tossed those already in the parks, along with their belongings and money, out the window.

Shutting down “America’s Best Idea” has been the American government’s worst idea yet.

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