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ONP freezes hiring for summer help due to budget sequester

May 9th, 2013 - 6:04am

(Port Angeles) -- The Federal sequester has found its way to the Olympic National Park.

The park is cutting an estimated $640,000 dollars from its operating budget of $12.9 million dollars.

Despite the 5% cut in funding, the public will probably not be significantly impacted as they visit the park this summer.

ONP officials say that's because the Park Service has worked to keep many of those budget reductions behind the scenes.

ONP spokesperson Barb Maynes says the park will not fill seven full-time positions, and an additional thirteen seasonal positions this year.

Maynes says some of those worker cut grass and keep water systems operating.

She says other cost cutting efforts include the elimination of overtime, non-essential travel, and non-essential training.

ONP is posting its operational changes on its website at nps.gov.


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