Parks, monuments are closed
Published: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
The federal government’s failure to renew funding for the new fiscal year which began Tuesday, Oct. 1, has resulted in the shut down of all 401 National Park Service sites.
The closures affect nearby Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park and
Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
The federal shutdown also affects the U.S. Forest Service in Custer where only the Forest supervisor and a limited number of fire fighting engines and law enforcement personnel are on duty. All other employees have been furloughed until Congress acts to fund the budget for the new fiscal year.
Acting Black Hills Forest Service supervisor Dennis Jaeger, Custer, said employees reporting for work Tuesday morning were sent home.
Jaeger said existing Forest Service logging contracts are on-going, but that no new ones would be issued.
The federal shutdown is expected to last two weeks.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has sent a letter to the director of the National Park Service offering state personnel and resources to keep Mount Rushmore open.
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