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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Faces Cuts

The news comes on the heels of Friday's announcement that the air traffic control tower at McCollum Field in Kennesaw will likely close if automatic budget cuts take effect March 1.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park faces $83,000 in cuts if President Obama and Congress don't reach a deal to avoid a budget sequestration, according to a list obtained by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

Jan. 25, 2013, memo from National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis instructs NPS officials to begin implementing sequestration budget cut planning.

What does that mean for visitors to the 2,923-acre Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park?

Park Superintendent Nancy Walther told the Marietta Daily Journal that the cuts could result in fewer ceremonial artillery demonstrations, fewer park ranger school visits and fewer school field trips to the park.

Seasonal part-time rangers might be axed, and the park may cut back on the number of seasonal worker it hires, according to the MDJ.  

Other well-known national parks on the list include Yosemite, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, an organization that represents more than 800 former National Park Service employees, published the list on its website.

The news comes on the heels of Friday's announcement that the air traffic control tower at McCollum Field in Kennesaw will likely close if automatic, across-the-board budget cuts to government agencies take effect March 1. 

Click here to see the list of affected parks.

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