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Some Areas of GTNP To Remain Closed

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Sequestration cuts in Grand Teton National Park will not come without a certain amount of inconvenience for some recreationists.  During a conference call Monday with members of the media, Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott revealed that certain parts of the park would be barricaded to the public.  Scott says, “We’re focusing our seasonal workforce in the most heavily-used areas of Grand Teton and the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway , [but] we will not be able to keep a handful of other, lesser-used area open.”  She explains that the areas involve maintaining restroom and trash disposal facilities in their remote locations that would need to be serviced daily.  Among them are Spaulding Bay, Two Ocean Lake, and Schwabacher Landing. Other typical park features like ranger campfire talks, ranger-led interpretive and educational programs or ranger led walks will also be cut this summer.  Some other walks like those at Menor’s Ferry and Inspiration Point that are partner-funded will still be conducted.  Scott says additionally, twenty-eight campsites along the Grassy Lake Road will not be available although the road itself will be open as weather permits.  Overall, Scott says the most heavily used areas of the park are to be the focus of operations with less service in less-visited area.  Meanwhile, she says the park, its lodges, restaurants, gift shops and trails will all be open as usual for the summer.

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