Government Shutdown Impacts Buffalo National River, Wilson’s Creek

by: Scott McCaulley

With the stalemate in Washington looking to continue through the Holidays, the impact of the partial government shutdown is beginning to be felt in portions of the Ozarks, especially at the areas governed by the National Park Service.

A Facebook Post on the page for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield between Republic and Springfield says that though the Park remains open during normal winter hours (7 am-5 pm except Christmas and New Year’s Day when the park is closed), no services like Public Restrooms or Information Centers will be available.

The same is true for the Buffalo National River areas in Northern Arkansas as Park Superintendent Mark Foust says in a story on KTLO.com that the river itself along with park roads, overlooks, trails, and open air exhibits will still be open but other services will be limited if not closed including Public Restrooms and Information Centers.

Funding for a boarder wall between the US and Mexico remains the primary stumbling block between the Trump Administration and Congress in resolving the stalemate that has blocked a budget agreement to keep the government operating at normal levels.