Sequestration cuts impacting Cape Lookout National Seashore

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 05:18 PM.

Kenney stresses that the park remains open and that activities continue at Cape Lookout.

“The park is open and the lighthouse itself opens to climbing in May,” he said.

The Light Station Visitor Center and Keepers’ Quarters Museum at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October.

Climbing of the lighthouse will continue this season, but the loss of one of the seasonal positions will mean the end of the reservation system. Tickets will be available at the Light Station Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cuts will also impact programming.

Ranger-led interpretive programs offered at the Harkers Island Visitor Center on weekends will be discontinued beginning Sunday. Ranger-led interpretive program offered at the lighthouse, typically from May to September, will also be discontinued.

Kenney said they will not be printing 30,000 copies of the seashore newspaper to cut costs. The newspaper will still be published in digital format and available online, but the printed copies won’t be sent out to places such as the local tourism center and visitor centers across the state.

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