Smokies brace for possible automatic spending cuts

February 20, 2013
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Campground and hiking trail closures and fewer interpretive programs are some of the impacts officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are preparing for.

The cuts would stem from a round of automatic federal spending cuts which would trigger March 1, unless Congress acts to hold them off.

National Parks, including the Smokies, could see 5 percent spending cuts leading to reduced hours and less services.

Congress is currently trying to agree on a spending plan that would stop the automatic cuts.

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