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National budget disagreement affects local national parks

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 4:56am

The Cane River Creole Park in Natchitoches Parish is preparing to shutdown.

It's the only National Park in Cenla, and if federal lawmakers can't come to a budget agreement, non-essential employees will be let go and the gates to parks like this one will close .

Local representatives say the situation is unfortunate, and park patrons agree.

"As a tourist, you can go to New Orleans and visit all the commercial things, but you wouldn't get as much of the history that you would get places like this,” stated Iris Plessius, a tourist in the region. “One of the places in Louisiana that's closing that I think is terrible is Poverty Point, which has very old Native American artifacts and mountains and stuff. It's just a shame that it's closing."

Other national parks that will be affected in Louisiana include the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

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