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Services Likely Shrinking at Crater Lake

November 21, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Ongoing impacts from federal sequestration, automatic spending cuts that took effect earlier this year and are expected to continue in 2014, may mean cutbacks in programs at Crater Lake National Park.

Supt. Craig Ackerman said the ongoing automatic cuts created by sequestration and an expected 1% federal pay raise will impact the park’s budget by $100,000 to $150,000 in 2014, or 2 to 3% of the park’s current operating budget of $5 million, the Herald & News of Klamath Falls, Ore., reported. Combined with previous cuts, the new cuts would mean the park’s budget has been reduced more than $500,000 since 2012.

“You are likely to see a significantly reduced presence at the park,” Ackerman said.

Future budget reductions at Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park, could result in cuts to permanent staff that might result in combining various jobs.

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