National Parks Shutdown ... Except for Logging?!
And the hits keep on coming. National Parks remain closed due to the government shutdown, but while visitors are locked out, Congress is busy trying to open Yosemite to logging — and other special public lands are being proposed for sale to states for energy and mineral exploration.
The House Natural Resources committee is considering a bill that would not only open 3.3 million acres of public lands for sale, but would mandate they be auctioned off. The irony is that recent park closures are revealing just how important these places are economically. For example, the Park Service loses almost half a million in just entrance fees each day. And in states like California and Florida, the shutdown is causing a daily loss in revenue of over $4 million.
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