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DOI Responds: Services to Resume at National Parks

January 6, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – In the midst of a partial lapse in government appropriations, Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-01) delivered a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt. The letter requested that the Department of the Interior "take emergency measures to resume operations” at Utah’s national parks. 

Bishop signed the letter as the top Republican on the House Committee on Natural Resources. Signatories also included Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) and Rep. John Curtis (UT-3). Stewart and Curtis represent the congressional districts containing Utah’s national parks. 
In a January 6 response from the Department of the Interior, Acting Secretary Bernhardt said, “… the burdens being born by local communities should be addressed by Park Service personnel within days, particularly at the bigger parks such as Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.” (emphasis added)



Following the news from DOI, Rep. Bishop issued this statement:

“I am immensely grateful to the Administration for the decision to restore services at our national parks in the midst of this shutdown. Oftentimes, grandstanding and theater can distract us from the important governmental task of providing safety and security. This decision will enhance safety and add protections to all those who choose to recreate in Utah’s parks.”   

Further information was provided by the Department of the Interior in THIS MEMO & NEWS RELEASE