North Cascades National Park has announced its summer operating plans and how it will be affected by sequester budget cuts.
“We are moving forward with summer operations with reduced budgets and staffing,” said Karen Taylor-Goodrich, superintendent of North Cascades National Park Complex, which includes the park and adjacent national recreation areas taking in parts of Ross Lake and Lake Chelan.
The park has had to reduce its annual budget by 5 percent. Visitors can expect limited operations and fewer rangers to provide information and programs, a news release said.
“We are striving to meet the required budget reductions while providing adequate public access and safety, and vital resource protection and management to the greatest extent possible this year,” Taylor-Goodrich said.
All areas of the national park and related national recreation areas will be open to the public including Hozomeen, Stehekin and the Skagit District along State Route 20.
Opening information for various facilities:
- North Cascades Visitor Center, near Newhalem, and the Marblemount Wilderness Information Center will open daily by the first weekend in May.
- Newhalem, Colonial and Goodell Campgrounds will have at least one loop open with fee collection beginning May 17. All loops and group reservation camps along SR20 will open by Memorial Day weekend.
- The Hozomeen campground, near the north end of Ross Lake and just south of the Canadian border, and its boat launch will open for vehicle access from June 21–Sept. 3. The gate at the Canadian border will close again just after Labor Day. Park rangers will patrol the area and seasonal park staff will provide service to the visiting public.
For more information on the North Cascades National Park Complex, see www.nps.gov/noca.