Wis. DNR shies away from running national parks

  • Associated Press
  • October 10, 2013 - 3:55 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is shying away from the federal government's offer to let states run shuttered national parks with their own money.

President Barack Obama's administration said Thursday it will allow some parks closed due to the federal government shutdown to reopen as long as states cover the costs.

Wisconsin has two national parks — the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh says the state would have to evaluate whether it could afford to run both parks.

He noted the state already is running parts of seven state parks that operate with federal funds with state dollars. He says the DNR's primary goal during the shutdown is making sure those parks stay open.

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