Sleeping Bear Dunes feel effect of federal cuts

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) - Officials with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore say they're making cuts because of the automatic reduction in the federal budget.

The cuts amount to about 5 percent of its about $4.7 million budget. WPBN-TV reports the popular Michigan tourist destination has cut travel, training, overtime and supply purchases, and reduced the number and length of seasonal employee positions.

Superintendent Dusty Schulz says the park "remains open, welcoming visitors and continuing to protect the resources entrusted to our care."

Among employee cuts, the park has shortened 22 seasonal jobs and cut an additional five seasonal jobs. The park is headquartered in Empire.

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