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Sequestration could cut education at Gettysburg National Military Park

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 22, 2013 2:01 PM

(Sacramento, CA) -- Visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park could encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers, and see trashcans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts to U.S. national parks are enacted by sequestration. 

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A National Park Service internal memo obtained by The Associated Press compiles a list of cuts in services in the parks. It's the result of an order by Park Service Director John Jarvis in January that asked superintendents to show how they will absorb the funding cuts. 

Most of the park system's $2.9 billion budget is for fixed costs such as salaries and utilities, so the $112 million in cuts would slash programs. Those on the block include student education at Gettysburg, invasive species eradication in Yosemite, and comfort stations on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.

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