Until recently, budget cutbacks to California State Parks were the biggest hurdle for Californian’s trying to enjoy the outdoors. Sequestration at the national level could change all that. If the sequester goes into effect on March 1 as planned, mandatory cuts will go into effect at every National Park. In addition to other areas of the spending, these across-the-board cuts to the federal budget could take over $7 million out of the budget for national parks in California (including national parks, monuments, recreation areas, and historic sites).
How will national parks cove? Yosemite National Park may leave Tioga Road unplowed until the snow melts, or reduce the number of trash pick ups throughout the park, which the bears might like, but people probably won’t. Closed campground and visitor centers, and fewer rangers across all national parks are also expected. Cutting down access to National Parks will have a negative impact on businesses that relying on national park tourism.
To find out more, read Sequester May Mean Huge Cuts for California’s National Parks by Chris Clarke on kcet.org