Fiscal Cliff Threatens Grand Teton, YellowstoneBy Steve Casimiro on December 20th, 2012
Two national park advocacy groups predict catastrophic consequences for Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, especially access to backcountry, if congressional lawmakers fail to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” Seasonal employees, such as climbing and rescue rangers, trail crews, and maintenance workers would bear the brunt of cuts, said the National Parks Conservation Association and Coalition of National Park Retirees. The NPCA says the national parks budget would be cut 8.3 percent, or $190 million, and is equivalent to 9,000 seasonal rangers. Experts say that seasonal employees would be the first to go because most of the money in each park’s budget is locked up in fixed costs like full-time employees. Unfortunately seasonal rangers are key to keeping Yellowstone and Grand Teton backcountry accessible, and without them huge swaths of the parks might have to be shuttered for the sake of safety. Via Jackson Hole News.
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