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Local Funds Mitigate Sequestration Here

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Not surprisingly, Sequestration was on the minds of the superintendents of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks as they addressed the Jackson Hole Lunchtime Rotary Club Tuesday.  Both praised the participation of the local communities and foundations for helping maintain park services at near-normal levels.  Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced that the Jenny Lake Ranger Station that was not going to open for the year, will be open after all.  Scott says through the Grand Teton Association, the Park is able to keep the Jenny Lake Visitor Center open, and through some other donors, the Jenny Lake Ranger Station as well which provides important preventative search and rescue functions in the Park. Likewise, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk told the group that the generous donations from Jackson and Cody to plow the South and East Entrance Roads have saved more money than expected.  Wenk says by saving five days during snow removal, the Park has saved as much as $200-thousand.  That means the money that needed to be saved has been achieved and the visitors coming to Yellowstone won’t be faced with closed visitor centers, campgrounds, trails or other park facilities – but will have the visitor experience they were expecting when they planned their trip. Wenk told the group that he has learned through this experience, that Yellowstone’s gateway communities are not only Gardiner, West Yellowstone and Cody; but that the activities of Yellowstone are just as important to Jackson making it every bit a gateway community that the other three are.

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