Sequester's Impact: Mostly Invisible to Tourists

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August 6, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Philanthropy and nonprofits have kept the consequences of across-the-board federal budget cuts largely invisible to tourists traveling through the country’s national parks this summer.

But officials don’t know how long the effects of the sequester will remain unseen, the Billings Gazette reported.

The fissures that would otherwise remain open in the aftermath of the 5% budget cuts, which triggered March 1, have been capped thanks to the altruism of private individuals, park associations and park foundations.

A one-time donation to Grand Teton National Park saved a visitor center, ranger station and preserve center from being shuttered this summer, said Jackie Skaggs, spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park.

If those buildings would have been closed, they would have been noticeable changes for tourists. But a $135,000 gift from associates who work with the Laurance Rockefeller Preserve Center, the Grand Teton Association and an anonymous donor helped keep the park looking as if it was operating as usual.

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