The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees says based on information gathered from the National Park Service, sequestration-related cuts will cut visitor access to some national parks. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
In a media release from the CNPSR, the group says the federal government's recent actions will lead to reduced visitor access to the rim of the Grand Canyon, significantly delay the spring opening of key portions of Yellowstone and Yosemite, reduce emergency response help for drivers in the Great Smoky Mountains and limit access to the beach at the Cape Cod National Seashore, among others.
As a result, the organization says local, regional and state economies that depend on national parks - and the tourism industry that many local businesses depend on - will take huge hits as visitors are either turned away or skip visits to the country's park system.
Last month, the CNPSR published internal memos from within the National Park Service outlining the total amount of cuts that would be imposed on individual national parks. And they say as a result of the sequestration, the workforce at many of these parks will be reduced.