As news broke of a deal reached in Congress on a short-term budget resolution , a flurry of press releases and alerts hit newsrooms across the country.
Among those -- news that national parks, as a result of the agreement would re-open -- at least temporarily.
“After a 17-day shutdown, Congress has reached a short-term budget resolution that re-opens the federal government, including our 401 National Parks and Monuments. We are grateful that the dedicated men and women of the National Park Service can return to their jobs serving the American public as stewards of some of America’s most spectacular lands and significant historic sites," wrote Theresa Pierno, acting president of the National Parks Conservation Association in a press release that came last Wednesday night.
Signs of the development were visible early Thursday morning in Baltimore, as crews worked to prepare the grounds of Fort McHenry.
“The public outcry and political support for re-opening our national parks should surprise nobody. According to a recent poll, nine out of ten Americans—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents—want and expect the federal government to keep national parks open, protected, and funded," Pierno said.
“We thank the park rangers and others who have been either working without pay to protect our national treasures or forced to stay home when they would rather be protecting our parks and providing visitors with safe and inspiring experiences.”
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