Sequester federal land management

Gates to national parks will be open and the national forests will remain accessible, as will lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, but sequestration will result in some changes.

The entry stations at Colorado National Monument will be open an hour per day less than had been customary and the visitor center also will be open an hour less a day as the monument works to meet a 5 percent reduction required by the National Park Service.

Seasonal employees are unlikely to be hired for the summer season and the positions of full-time employees who move on will remain open, Park service spokesman James Doyle said.

Officials estimate that closing the entry stations for an extra hour will cost the monument $30,000, Doyle said.

The National Park Service was given a target of 5 percent in reductions, Doyle said, and park managers could decide for themselves how to meet it, Doyle said.

At the BLM, sequester-related reductions will slow the development of oil and gas as well as coal on federal lands, spokesman Steven Hall said in a statement.

“Leasing of new federal lands for future development will also be delayed, with fewer resources available for agencies to prepare for and conduct lease sales,” he said.

The bureau estimates it will issue about 300 fewer onshore oil and gas leases, deferring royalty payments to the Treasury. Similarly, delays in coal leasing will defer as much as $60 million from the Treasury for each sale delayed, Hall said.

At the National Forest Service, no immediate changes were anticipated as the sequester kicks in, spokeswoman Lee Ann Loupe said.


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