As the government shutdown continues, a single private sector company stepped up to the plate to keep Utah’s national parks open through at least President’s Day weekend.
Alsco Inc. donated $100,000 Thursday to expand visitor and custodial services at Zion, Bryce, and Arches national parks. Alsco is the first private sector partner to underwrite the parks in Utah and may be the only business in the country underwriting operations at three national parks.
The other two national parks, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef, are not currently being underwritten because their seasonal visitation projections are much lower than Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Arches.
If the federal government shutdown ends before the money is used, Alsco will work with the Natural History Foundations to apply the remaining funds toward high-priority park programs.