National Park Service: Sequestration to Hurt Local Tourism

National Park Service officials say sequestration-related budget cuts could result in a reduced user experience.

The National Park Service cautions that impending sequestration budget cuts will result in a blow to local economies.

There are 22 national parks in Virginia, which bring in $541 million annually, according to 2011 data. 

The Park Service conducts activities at Langley Fork Historic District and in several areas around Great Falls. The National Park Service offers a list of its activities in the state.

“People who visit parks need transportation, places to stay, and meals to eat – all of which support businesses and provide jobs in local communities,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement.

Salazar said mandatory budget cuts under sequestration will result in reduced hours of operation for visitor centers, shorter seasons, and possibly closing campgrounds, hiking trails, and other recreational areas when there is insufficient staff to ensure the protection of visitors, staff and resources.

“Should Congress fail to act before the March 1 deadline, the public should expect reduced hours and services not only at America’s 398 national parks but also at the 561 national wildlife refuges and over 268 public land units,” he said.


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