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Sequestration Already Felt Here

Jon-Jarvis

The national sequestration took effect Friday bringing with it mandated slashes to government budgets.  While it is not yet entirely known how that will impact the nearby forests and parks, National Parks Director John Jarvis told reporters it has already been felt in Yellowstone National Park. Jarvis says, “They would be plowing the roads right now, and we’ve actually delayed that because this would be expending money we don’t have and we would have to make it up later on.”  Jarvis says there is no question that curtailing services in the national parks will have a negative effect on the neighboring communities that derive significant portions of their economies from tourism in the parks. Jarvis says allocation of funds to run the parks is line-by-line, with each park representing one of those lines.  Consequently, each park needs to reduce its operating budget by 5% and no financing can be shifted from one park to another.  Furthermore, he says the cuts are coming right at the time parks are gearing up for the summer season and hiring seasonal employees.  Consequently, he says the sequester will impact about 3000 jobs throughout 398 units making up the National Park System.

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