MITCHELL, S.D. — Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is asking if the National Park Service is “playing politics” by closing Wind Cave National Park’s 64-site Elk Mountain Campground, writes the Daily Republic.
Thune, R-S.D., sent a letter Monday to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, questioning whether the NPS is playing politics in deciding to close the facility, reports the Daily Republic. According to the senator, the closure appears to substantiate reports that the NPS is intentionally trying to make the cuts more visible to the public.
“It seems difficult to say with a straight face that completely eliminating a source of revenue for the National Park Service is a smart, targeted cut,” Thune said in a release from his office. “Instead of cuts that reduce wasteful and duplicative spending, the administration’s politically calculated cuts are targeting facilities like the campground that actually serve as a revenue source for the park. It appears NPS is just another agency following the White House’s lead in trying to find the cuts that can trigger a press release before looking to internal cost-saving measures that are less newsworthy.”
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