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Sequestration forces cuts to seasonal staff and emergency responders at Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park says that because of the federal sequestration, it will be hiring fewer seasonal workers this summer and will be making cuts to emergency response teams.

The park was instructed to trim its budget by $700,000 for the next six months. Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says the changes will be noticeable.

“We know there will be delays in responding to search and rescue, as well as medical emergencies and law enforcement,” Scott said.

She says they will also have fewer fire fighters.

And she adds that the park will reduce hours at visitor centers, close certain back-country areas to the public, and delay the opening of park roads.

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