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Federal Shutdown Threatens Local Landmarks

As budget negotiations continue in Washington D.C., some Oregonians might have to revise some of their plans. A budget shutdown would bring business to a halt in many federal offices and properties.

John Garder with the National Parks Conservation Association says that includes the Northwest’s federal parkland.

John Garder “Last April there were 20,000 visitors to Crater Lake. We’re concerned about what this would mean for the many visitors undoubtedly planning to go anytime soon.”

Some landmarks, like Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge, are run by contractors.  They would stay open.

But anything requiring a permit, like backcountry winter sports in the Crater Lake area, would not be allowed.

It’s not clear how such closings would be managed, since park staffing in a shutdown would be minimal.

But a spokeswoman for the Department of the Interior says staff for law enforcement and emergency services would remain on the job.

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