Cuts could mean snow melts off Crater Lake roads

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — The federal budget cuts known as the sequester are threatening an annual rite of spring in Oregon — plowing the snow that has buried the roads at Crater Lake National Park all winter.

Acting Superintendent Vicki Snitzer said Tuesday the park has to cut 5 percent from its $5 million budget, and one place being considered is the snowplowing budget.

She says monitoring natural resources, such as wildlife populations, may also be reduced, along with summer ranger talks and tours.

Located at the crest of the Cascade Range, Crater Lake is Oregon's only national park.

Plowing Rim Drive and the North Entrance Road typically starts in May.

Snitzer says one way to look at it is that summer would just start a little later at Crater Lake this year.

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