Wind Cave cites sequestration in announcing campground closure

2013-03-09T08:00:00Z Wind Cave cites sequestration in announcing campground closureJournal staff Rapid City Journal
March 09, 2013 8:00 am  • 

Wind Cave National Park has closed Elk Mountain Campground as it begins implementing a 5 percent across-the-board cut in its operating budget due to sequestration.

“The sequestration has forced us to make some tough decisions that will impact visitors to Wind Cave National Park,” park superintendent Vidal Davila said in a news release. “People will have fewer opportunities to tour Wind Cave, the park’s primary resource, as a result of less staff.”

Closing the 64-site campground eliminates the need for two summer maintenance employees and interpretive rangers to present evening campfire programs.

In 2011, 6,600 visitors and their families used the campground, and 1,700 visitors participated in campfire programs.

According to the news release, the budget cut will also lead to a reduction in invasive plant control, fence and building repair and maintenance, science and research activities, natural resource monitoring and wildlife management programs.

The visitor center summer hours of operation will be shorter, the release said.

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  1. kinnikinnik
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    kinnikinnik - March 09, 2013 1:22 pm
    Why point fingers? Given that only 25% of the country was even following the sequestration, I doubt that many people did anything - i.e. CALL your representatives. If this is anyone’s fault, it's all of us - for not doing anything except for complaining to our peers.

    Residents of SD are represented in Congress by two Senators and one Representative. Here are their Washington DC numbers. No matter what your political standing is – call them. Voice your opinion to them.

    Senator Tim Johnson (202) 224-5842
    Senator John Thune (202) 224-2321
    Representative Kristi Nome (202) 225-2801
  2. GL
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    GL - March 09, 2013 11:52 am
    It's NOT Obama's fault. It's the Republicans in Congress unwilling to cut tax loopholes for large corporations!!! Instead they would rather see the people suffer needlessly. Wake up people to what is happening in Washington!!!
  3. just_another_voice
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    just_another_voice - March 09, 2013 10:28 am
    Thanks Obama. Why not cut some salarys on the white house and congressional levels. Makes more sense to me.
  4. snowflake
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    snowflake - March 09, 2013 10:16 am
    I'll bet the black footed ferret reintroduction program won't be cut. Isn't it amazing that hiring the helicopter from Montana to herd the elk just "happened" to be done before the sequestration took effect?

    This is such a crock. I'll bet there will be no meetings in D.C. or around the country canceled for the park service due to sequestration. The only things canceled are those that will hurt the common people.

    See this article for further info.
    MAKING IT HURT:
    Ranger: Bosses Pushed Cuts Visitors Would See

  5. GCHUNTER
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    GCHUNTER - March 09, 2013 8:52 am
    But we can give Egypt 250 million.....
  6. GL
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    GL - March 09, 2013 8:49 am
    750,000 to be lost because Repubs refuse to stop spending money on tax loopholes for large corporations?!?! Get real. Stop funding Meals on Wheels to seniors?!?! Get real. Stop providing milk at school for poor children?!?! Get real...
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