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National Parks in Michigan Feel Federal Budget Cuts

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Visitors to national parks in Michigan this summer could see limited hours and scaled-back programs because of the automatic reduction in the federal budget.

The Detroit News reports Monday that parks in Michigan are already feeling the pinch of budget cuts affecting the National Park Service.

Opened in 2011, River Raisin National Battlefield Park in the Monroe area is trying to establish itself as a tourist destination on a limited budget. The park's Superintendent Scott Bentley says full-time and seasonal staff will have shorter hours, and projects to improve the site have been put on hold.

At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula, a popular visitor's center will be closed during the summer.

Cuts previously have been announced by officials at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

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