Loeffler Urges Dept. of Interior to Safely Reopen Georgia’s Natural Treasures
Local Communities Depend On Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ocmulgee Mounds, Other Federal Sites For Tourism Revenue, Culture, Recreation
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) today sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to safely and fully reopen national parks and other DOI sites in Georgia.
“As our state continues to move past the peak of COVID-19, our local communities wish to have the federal government work with our partners in state and local governments to ensure all recreational and economic assets can open back up in a safe and coordinated manner,” Loeffler wrote to Secretary David Bernhardt. “The state of Georgia is home to some of the most varied locations in the Department of Interior’s portfolio, from the beaches of Cumberland Island National Seashore to the 10,000 years of continued human inhabitation at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park to the birthplace of an American hero at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. I encourage you to have your regional offices and individual units work with their local communities to find safe ways to reopen these sites for taxpayers to be able to enjoy once again. As you know, many of these parks and sites are found in or near rural and smaller communities, and these communities see a significant economic impact from them. A coordinated, efficient and safe reopening will be key to a successful economic and cultural recovery for these communities.”
The full letter is available here.