By Jessi Loerch
Mount Rainier National Park recently announced how the funding cuts of sequestration will affect the park.
In short, you can expect to see fewer staff in some areas, shorter seasons at some campgrounds and the Ohanapecosh visitor center will be closed this summer.
Here’s the condensed version from their press release:
Ohanapecosh visitor center: The visitor center, in the southeast corner of the park, is normally open for 130 days each year. It won’t open at all this year. The restrooms outside will still be open, but there will be no interpretive programs and fewer employees patrolling the surrounding area.
Ohanapecosh Campground: The season will be shorted by two weeks, closing Sept. 29 instead of Oct. 14.
Cougar Rock Campground: The season will be shorted by six weeks. It will open June 27 (rather than May 24) and close Sept. 29 (instead of Oct. 14).
Carbon River contact station: The park will reduce the number of staff available at that station from three to two. Staff at that station offer information, trip planning services, general assistance and fee collection.