Home > newsroom > Page
Chairmen Hastings and Bishop Letter to Director Jarvis Regarding the Decision to Unnecessarily and Arbitrarily Close Open-air Parks and Monuments

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 2013 - Dear Director Jarvis:

Through this letter, the Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") requests that the National Park Service ("Park Service") take steps as necessary to keep and not destroy documents related to the decision this week to restrict public access to the National World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and other open-air monuments, memorials, and parks in the Washington, D.C., region. The Committee expects to soon send a final document request as a follow up to this letter.

The Committee is also considering conducting an oversight hearing in the near future to better understand the Park Service's closures, as well as the resources and staff time used to erect physical barriers to keep out veterans and other members of the American public from visiting these open-air sites. The World War II Memorial and other open-air sites are ordinarily accessible to visitors 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and are normally staffed by Park Service rangers only from 9:30 am to 11 :30 pm, with visitors able to tour the sites throughout the day and night. However, the Park Service has now determined these sites must be closed to all visitors at all times due to the lapse in appropriations.

Read the entire letter HERE.

Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Secretary Zinke Touts Administration’s Progress to Enhance Public Access to Public Lands

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources received testimony from Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke on the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request and DOI’s policy p...... Read more

Bishop Announces Senior Staff Changes

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today announced Parish Braden has been named Deputy Staff Director for the Committee, following Todd Ungerecht, who is retiring from the...... Read more

House Passes Poliquin’s Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act

Today, the House passed H.R. 4266, the “Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act.” Introduced by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), the bipartisan bill addresses long-standing land and resource manage...... Read more

View All News


Legislative Hearing on HR 5210
FL Hearing | 1324 Longworth House Office Building
Full Committee Markup
FC Markup | 1324 Longworth House Office Building
View All Events