Most superintendents make over $100,000.00 a year. Permanent employees often have nice wages as well. If you see a ranger outside they are most likely a “seasonal” who is paid about $15–$17 and hour for about 6months, if they’re lucky, and do most of the work.
Most of the Higher paid individuals hold down chairs. I can see the park service closing things, blaming the Government for a lack of funds just to push back. The visitors and public will suffer.
I hope the DOI pushes back. Move superintendents and leads around, like term limits to keep them from creating Fiefdoms. The Federal land belongs to the people, they are the stewards. What other employee treats their employers property like they own it?