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Latest acting USNPS chief says shortage of rangers shouldn't result in tighter access to NP sites

A shortage of rangers due to the coronavirus pandemic should not be an excuse for limiting access in the National Park System, the National Park Service's latest acting director has told the agency's regional directors.

"Within the sideboards of guidance, outdoor spaces should be accessible, including outdoor areas such as picnic areas, parking lots, overlooks, open-air areas in forts and gardens, and campgrounds should be fully accessible," Margaret Everson, on the job for less than three weeks, told the regional directors in an email Wednesday.

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