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Contact: Tawnya Schoewe, (218) 283-6670
Voyageurs National Park's Snow Removal May Be Delayed
Voyageurs National Park is taking measures to meet funding restrictions placed upon the park by Sequestration cuts. In order to reduce fuel consumption and overtime pay, visitors may see reduction in clearing of the Rainy Lake Ice Road, the Kab-Ash Ice Road, and the entrance to the Rainy Lake Visitor Center over the weekends.
Park officials have established when snow fall occurs before or after regular park operating hours; snow removal will be delayed until personnel report for normal duty hours.If significant snowfall occurs over the weekend the Rainy Lake Visitor Center may be closed.Please call ahead to ensure the center is open. Information is available by calling the Rainy Lake Visitor Center during weekends at 218-286-5258 or park headquarters Monday - Friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm for current and up-to-date information.
The National Park Service's annual report Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation has been released.The 2011 results show that direct spending by visitors in communities within 60 miles of national parks totaled $13 billion; nationwide this resulted in a $30 billion benefit to the national economy that supported 252,000 jobs.This is consistent with the 2010 data, which in uncertain economic times, is actually a strong showing of the value of national park tourism. Learn more at www.nps.gov.