Entrance Fees waived during President’s Day Weekend
Pipestone, MN: Superintendent Glen H. Livermont announced that, in honor of President's Day Weekend, the Pipestone National Monument and other National Park Service (NPS) sites, around the country, will be offering fee-free entry into the parks February 14-16, 2015.
National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy
Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities — those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."