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How a shutdown would affect parks in Alaska

Posted: September 30, 2013 - 2:51pm  |  Updated: September 30, 2013 - 11:01pm

ANCHORAGE — If the federal government shuts down, among services to be affected will be national parks. Here’s how national parks in Alaska would be impacted:

PARKS CLOSED: Buildings will shut down, including the regional office in Anchorage, visitors centers across the state and public land information centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks. What won’t change will be backcountry access, subsistence hunting, sport hunting in national preserves and people crossing public lands to reach their property.

ACCESS DENIED: There’s one road into Denali National Park and Preserve. If the government shuts down, the road will be gated off a half-mile off the Parks Highway.

STAFFING: A shut-down would affect 757 National Park Services employees in Alaska. They will have four hours to close down their work stations Tuesday. Skeletal staffing will remain.

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