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Mon May 31, 2004
Retired Employees Worry About Devil's Tower
Laramie, Wy – Devil's Tower National Monument is among 12 national parks and monuments that will operate this summer under
some combination of reduced budgets, employees or visitor services.
That's according to a recent report by the Coalition of
Concerned National Park Service Retirees.
Bill Wade is spokesman for the coalition. He says the cuts
contrast with a promise by National Park Service Director Fran
Mainella in March that visitors will find "outstanding visitor
services" at parks.
At Devils Tower, the number of seasonal employees has dropped by
ten percent from 2002. Much of the park's needs are being met by
volunteers, but some maintenance is being deferred.
The report is based on information from park insiders. It also
details problems at Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky
Mountain and Mount Rainier national parks, among others.