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The National Park Service’s annual Heritage Day, held at Moses Cone Estate, will not be held
this year due to mandated federal budget cuts.
Jeff Eason photo

Originally published: 2013-03-27 17:35:11
Last modified: 2013-03-27 17:35:11

Sequestration cuts slash Parkway offerings

Jeff Eason

For years, families visiting the High Country during the summer months have taken advantage of the free National Park Service offerings associated with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Some of those offerings will be on hold this year due to federal budget cuts.

“Because of the 5 percent budget reduction that is in place as a result of the current federally mandated sequestration, the parkway is unable to hire its full complement of seasonal employees,” said Freida Reaid, secretary to Superintendent Phil Francis of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Therefore, park visitors will notice some facility closures and reduced hours and services in some areas.”

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