Shenandoah National Park Could Face Cuts

Possible budget cuts could mean big trouble for a national treasure.

On Thursday, a group called Environment Virginia released a report urging Congress not to cut national park funding, which could impact Shenandoah National Park.

President Barack Obama has proposed cutting 1.1 percent of the operating funds from the park's budget.

This could mean major cut backs for the park.

Park officials say budget cuts would affect tourists' experiences at the park as trails, historic sites and overlooks could be forced to close.

Sarah Driscoll, with Environment Virginia, says, "Now, when more Americans are visiting their national parks than ever before, it is absolutely critical to fully fund the national park service."

Susan Sherman, with the Shenandoah National Park Trust, says, "We risk really losing significant wonderful aspects of these resources."

Environment Virginia says the park has seen 45,000 more visitors so far this year that it did last year.

Still, this year is an important one for the Shenandoah National Park as it prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary.