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More Budget Cuts To Hit Our National Parks
Budget Report Confirms Impending Cuts Could Close National Parks and Impact Local
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A report recently released by the Obama administration with details of across-
“Make no mistake that if Congress fails to prevent this cut, national parks and local communities who depend on their business will suffer,” said Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). “We are deeply concerned that this cut could lead to the closure of more than a hundred parks.”
NPCA says America’s national parks already suffer from an annual operations shortfall of $500 to $600 million, which means there are insufficient rangers and other staff to care for our national treasures and serve visitors. Park budgets have already been slashed over the last two years, and as Congress debates how to address the deficit, the report out today clearly indicates that our national heritage is at risk in the near future.
NPCA’s analysis indicates that the cut of $183 million to the operation of national parks would very likely lead to the furloughing—or indefinite closure—of national parks. A cut of this magnitude would also likely lead to the loss of many park rangers, particularly during the busy visiting season. “Not only would the National Park Service have fewer rangers to educate visitors, plan visits, and respond to emergencies, but parks would not have the funding they need to adequately maintain hiking trails, protect wildlife, preserve historic buildings, or keep visitor centers and campgrounds open for visitors to enjoy,” said Kiernan.
According to Forbes magazine, national parks are a top tourist draw.
The park service budget is also a very small part of the federal budget-
“Our national parks are at a crossroads. Making the right choice to invest in national parks will not only protect our national park legacy, but benefit local economies and communities nationwide,” said Kiernan.
As the National Park System approaches its centennial in 2016, and with the upcoming
November election, NPCA says our national parks are at a turning point. This milestone
offers a unique opportunity for our next President and Congress to leave their imprint
by advancing the national park idea for the century to come, and enhancing its relevance
to a new generation.
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