ELKO, Nev. (AP) - Taking a cue from officials in Utah, Elko County officials are considering a plan to run U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and other federal recreation sites in the event of another government shutdown.
Commissioner Grant Gerber says another shutdown could hurt the county's economy, especially if tourists are turned away from campgrounds and other sites during the busiest months of outdoor recreation.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the idea was discussed at a meeting of the Elko County Natural Resources Management Advisory Commission meeting this week in Elko.
U.S. Forest Service Deputy District Ranger Matt Boisseau says agencies are receptive to the idea of allowing local governments to manage facilities during federal government shutdowns, but questions remain about funding.
During the three-week government shutdown in October, Utah sent $1.67 million to the U.S. government to reopen its five national parks and other federal recreation sites in hopes of saving its lucrative fall tourist season.