A lake area representative has asked the Gov. Jay Nixon to bridge the resources gap left in the wake of the government shutdown in Washington.
Rep. Rocky Miller sent a letter to Nixon Friday requesting assistance on the state level for what he calls the loss of "significant revenue" due to the closure on national monuments, parks and forests in the state — most significantly the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
When the government shut down Oct. 1, federal employees were furloughed at national attractions, causing veterans to remove the barricades at monuments in the nation's capitol.
Miller suggested to Nixon that Missouri use Department of Natural Resource park rangers to operate facilities until the shutdown officially ends.
"I am sure the Federal Government does not want to purposely harm our state, so I assume they would eagerly take Missouri up on this generous offer," the letter states.
In the letter, Miller also expressed hopes that Missouri's revenue surpluses would be enough to aid veterans and the sick, picking up the federal government's slack.
Missouri's only national forest, Mark Twain national forest, was established in Sept. 1939 and contains seven wilderness areas. It is located in several parts of the state, primarily south of Interstate 44. Parts of the forest are located in Pulaski and Laclede County and its headquarters are in Rolla.
The state has no national parks.