According to a new report from the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR), the direct impact of sequestration on some of the country's top national parks is becoming much clearer – not to mention grimmer.
Cape Cod National Seashore, which opened in May of 1966. will close a visitor center as well, turning away 260,000 travelers.
A release from the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR)says that sequestration will cut access to the beaches at the Cape Cod National Seashore, and impair the experiences in many other ways for millions of visitors at America’s national parks. In addition, local, regional and state economies that depend on national parks will take huge hits as visitors are either turned away or skip visits due to the impact of the mindless sequestration budget cuts.
According to new National Park Service (NPS) information acquired by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, details are now emerging for how sequestration-related cuts will be implemented in America’s national parks. Late last month, CNPSR drew attention to the NPS sequester cuts when it published internal NPS memos outlining the total dollar cuts that would be imposed on individual national parks.
Now the specific impact of the sequestration meat-cleaver on America’s national parks is becoming clearer and even more alarming.
Sequestration will result in a much reduced workforce, shutdowns of certain national park areas altogether or for extended period of times, closure of visitor centers and services, restrictions on the availability of campgrounds, visitor centers, comfort stations, and trail and other backcountry access. Additionally, the ability to respond to emergencies including wildland fires will be sharply reduced.
CNPSR Spokesperson, Joan Anzelmo, former Superintendent of Colorado National Monument said: “Congress might just as well put a big “Keep Out !” sign at the entrance to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Cape Cod Seashore, and every other iconic national park in the U.S. This foolhardy path tarnishes America’s ‘crown jewels’ and is a repudiation of the nation’s national parks often touted as ‘America’s best idea’. Millions of Americans depend on national parks for their vacations and livelihood. Those Americans are being told that national parks don’t count … that people who use national parks don’t count … and that people who live and work near national parks don’t count.”
Read the entire CNPSR release here.