The National Park Service went out today to give America the grim news—sequestration will mean you will see fewer rangers, locked restrooms, and are you ready! Overflowing trashcans! Grim, very grim!
And, yesterday I heard this news flash—fewer children would see Gettysburg. Gasp!
Interior Secretary Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis joined the Obama fear mongering chorus to warn of what to expect come Friday. Here at AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says thousands of National Park Service workers would be furloughed, and thousands more seasonal workers would not be hired under automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday.
Visiting hours at all 398 national parks* are likely to be cut and sensitive areas would be blocked off to the public under what Salazar termed “draconian” cuts required by a budget-cutting law [Woodward: it was Obama’s idea—ed]. Salazar said the park service’s $112 million in cuts are especially grim, since they hit just as parks are preparing for an influx of spring and summer visitors.
Salazar and National Park Service director Jon Jarvis said visitors will encounter fewer rangers, locked restrooms and see trashcans emptied less often if Congress does not reach a deal to avoid 5 percent across-the-board cuts.
The National Park Service’s FY2013 budget is $2.6 Billion! The sequester would trim $112 million (maybe!).
* Not satisfied with 398 parks taking land out of private ownership, the NPS is planning a new park in Shepherdstown, WV not far from where I live.