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Dec 16, 2012 1:36 PM by Matt Stafford

National Parks face deep cuts if US goes of 'fiscal cliff'

DENVER (AP) - The National Park Service is trying to find at least an 8 percent cut in spending in case Congress fails to reach a decision on the "fiscal cliff."

The Denver Post reports Colorado, home to 17 National Park Service properties, could see cuts that impact the state's tourism industry, including curtailment of hours for visitors centers, curtailment of the number of rangers and cuts in research.

The potential federal cuts are a result of legislation passed last year after a "super committee" composed of members of Congress couldn't strike a deal on ways to decrease the federal budget.

Should Congress fail to reach a deal, an 8.2 percent cut from the National Park Service budget would take effect in January. The Park Service would lose almost $212 million from the agency's $2.58 billion budget.

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