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Sequester Cuts Will Shut Down Our Nation’s Wildlands

Posted on the 06 March 2013 by Calvinthedog

I got this mail recently. This is some kind of a joke. It looks like the sequester cuts will cause quite a few of our national parks, wildlife refuges and national forests to shut down completely for visitor use. What’s the point of that? We have to shut down our national parks, wildlife refuges and national forests? Why? Stupid!

Who wants to see a CLOSED sign on our National Parks? Or gates barring entry to our national forests? Or a padlock and chain keeping you from your favorite trail?

No one of course. But that’s what the massive budget cuts (called the “sequester”) are doing to America’s wild places. These 10-year cuts will gut funding for National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and other wild places that make America beautiful.

Meanwhile, billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil companies are left untouched.

These cuts are closing visitor’s centers and campgrounds, furloughing park rangers, and limiting access to hunting and fishing. If these cuts aren’t reversed, entire parks, refuges, and forests will be closed completely.

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