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Government Shutdown Forces Closure of George Washington Carver National Monument

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED OCTOBER 3, 2013 BY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Government Shutdown Forces Closure of George Washington Carver National Monument

Diamond, MO – Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including George Washington Carver National Monument. All visitor facilities including the Visitor Center, trail, picnic area and roads are closed. The park will remain closed until the government reopens.

All park programs and special events have been canceled, until further notice.

George Washington Carver National Monument hosts approximately 100-200 visitors on average each day in October; nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. Nationwide the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown. Visitors spend about $417,000 a year in the communities around George Washington Carver National Monument.

At George Washington Carver National Monument, 13 employees are on furlough because of the shutdown.

Nationwide the shutdown has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety, and security functions at parks and facilities. About 12,000 park concessions employees are also affected.

Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.

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