Dinosaur National Monument
Boaters meander along a peaceful stretch of the Green River as it runs through Lodore Canyon on the Colorado portion of Dinosaur National Monument. (Denver Post file)

CRAIG — Sequestration, a series of government spending cuts that went into effect last month, has forced the National Parks Service to trim 5 percent of its budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

For Dinosaur National Monument, in western Moffat County and eastern Utah, that cut equals $170,263, according to Dan Johnson, chief of interpretation and visitor services.

Dinosaur officials will not fill two full-time positions this year, including one for a journeyman and one for a wildlife biologist. The monument plans to fill all of its seasonal positions, Johnson said.

Taking benefits into consideration Johnson said cutting the two positions will save Dinosaur about $150,000. Cuts to staff training, travel and supplies will make up the remaining $20,000.

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