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Bypassing Trump’s DOI leaders, NPCA asks watchdog to probe legality of keeping NPs open in shutdown

The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General was asked Friday to launch an investigation into the legality of keeping the National Park System open during the partial government shutdown with limited staff and resources.

"The Department of the Interior recklessly ignored laws put in place to protect our public lands and wildlife and continues to pressure park staff to keep their gates open without adequate staff," said Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association. "Acting Interior Secretary (David) Bernhardt is violating the law, and we implore the Inspector General to investigate this matter before our parks, visitors, local communities and wildlife suffer any longer."

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