Saguaro National Park to lose staff under automatic budget cuts - Tucson News Now

Saguaro National Park to lose staff under automatic budget cuts

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The superintendent of the Saguaro National Park says she will not be able to hire seasonal rangers if the across-the-board budget cuts called the sequester take effect on March 1st. 

Darla Sidles says the park, like other national parks, stands to lose five-percent in funding.  For the Saguaro National Park, that amounts to $180,000. 

To balance out the possible budget issue, Sidles says she will likely refrain from hiring 13 seasonal rangers who are tasked with maintaining camp sites, staffing the visitor center, and helping with educational programs.

Sidles says the park already has what's called furloughed employees who do not have full-time status.  She says those workers may have their hours cut to make ends meet.  She does not intend to lay off any employees.

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