ACADIA NAT’L PARK — As of press time Wednesday, Congress had not approved funding for the remainder of the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1. Without a budget or stopgap measures, parts of Acadia National Park may need to shut down by this weekend.
The government has been operating on a continuing resolution – a stopgap measure that allows government agencies like Acadia National Park to operate at the same level as in the previous year.
Despite the possibility of a shutdown, the park, as of press time, had received no formal instructions to prepare for one. In the past when a shutdown threatened, the park took steps to ensure that key personnel would be available to deal with emergencies. If the heating or plumbing system, for example, failed, it would have to be repaired.
On Wednesday, NPR reported that negotiators have said that they were close to a deal on a $1 trillion measure to fund most government agencies; however, the report did not specify which agencies.