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  • **FILE** Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Matt Chalup (left) hands park information to one of the first visitors to the park at the Nisqually entrance near Ashford, Wash., on Jan. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

    National park cuts detailed in memo

    As America's financial clock ticks toward forced spending cuts to countless government agencies, The Associated Press has obtained a National Park Service memo that compiles a list of potential effects at the nation's most beautiful and historic places just as spring vacation season beings.

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  • "For us this is a wakeup call," said Jeffrey Olson of the National Parks, the agency that protects animals found in the wild. "We're charged with keeping their habitat in good condition so generations to come visiting these parks can see what these landscapes look like."

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  • "We remain hopeful that Congress is able to avoid these cuts," said Olson, the national parks spokesman.

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