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NPS Retirees Speak Out

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As the 10th day of the government shutdown looms, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees says more than seven million Americans have been kept out of national parks and collectively $750 million in visitor spending has been lost, with huge repercussions for the economies of gateway communities and entire states that depend on national park tourism.  Among the national parks examined by the organization, Yellowstone National Park was found to have lost 98,849 visitors over these first ten days of the shutdown and almost $9 ½ – million in visitor dollars.  Meanwhile, 5572 jobs, both NPS and non-NPS positions are at stake in Yellowstone alone.

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