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Washington: State would need to pay to reopen state parks


UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  It appears that Wisconsin's national parks will not re-open until the federal government starts paying for them again. Yesterday the Obama administration said states could re-open national parks -- as long as they pay for it themselves. The Wisconsin D-N-R says it won't accept the offer, at least for now.

The state is already paying extra to keep parts of seven state parks open, where the federal government cut off partial funding for those places. Spokesman Bill Cosh says the D-N-R's priority is to keep those seven parks open to accommodate people like hunters, hikers, bird watchers.

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway have both been closed during the federal government shutdown. Most of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is also closed. Cosh said the D-N-R would have to evaluate the situation, and decide whether the state could afford to run the national parks.