Kurt Repanshek

Failure by Congress and the White House to avert a budget sequestration by March 1 will force the National Park Service to reduce visitor services, shorten hours of operation, and possibly even close areas to the public, according to Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Across the country, units of the National Park System are being asked to figure out how to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars, more in some cases, from their current budget allocations, National Parks Traveler reported. Yellowstone National Park shoulders the heaviest burden in terms of pure dollars, as it’s being asked to outline cuts totaling $1.75 million from its FY 2013 budget of $35 million, according to documents sent from the director’s office.

The systemwide planning exercise is aimed at cutting 5% from the National Park Service current budget.

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