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Government Shutdown Cost Communities Near National Parks $414 Million

By Kate Sheppard

WASHINGTON — Last October’s 16-day government shutdown cut the number of visitors to national parks by nearly 7.9 million, according to a report issued by the Department of the Interior Monday.

That drop in visitors resulted in an estimated loss of $414 million in spending in what are known as “gateway regions” — the towns just outside of national parks where people buy gas and supplies, eat at restaurants and stay in hotels.

The report found that the communities near 45 of the country’s parks experienced a loss of more than $2 million each. Five states — Arizona, California, …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green