The U.S. Congress is approaching another round of budget cuts, and the National Park Service could be on the chopping block.
The Seattle-based Environment Washington Research & Policy Center said in a news release last week that its new analysis, “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” exposes the financial challenges those cuts could pose to Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park.
According to Environment Washington, park closures during last fall’s government shutdown capped off the third straight year in which Congress cut funding to the National Park Service operating budget
According to Environment Washington, at Olympic National Park, there was a budget reduction of approximately $640,000. At Mount Rainier, there was a budget reduction of $603,000, resulting in the superintendent leaving numerous full- and part-time positions unfilled.
While the budget deal passed in December may allow for some increase in the park’s budget, it is up to Congressional spending committees to decide the actual funding levels this month.