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Re: Obama Vacation Highlights National Park Budget Deficit

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avatar Obama Vacation Highlights National Park Budget Deficit
August 14, 2009 03:12PM
Advocates for national parks have been ecstatic about the vacation choice, and they're using it as a vehicle for making a point: Paying money to protect land in new parks is way sexier than paying to maintain all the great parks past politicians have protected. "There is an approximate $600-million annual operating shortfall and a backlog of maintenance projects that exceeds $8 billion, and more than $2 billion of private land to be acquired within park boundaries," said Ron Tipton, senior vice president for policy at the National Parks Conservation Association. "We must ensure our national parks are well funded to address the parks' crumbling historic buildings and trails, enhance the Park Service's ability to protect wildlife, and provide needed public education and services."

Re: Obama Vacation Highlights National Park Budget Deficit
August 17, 2009 08:55AM
I agree with this - why? Because most of our best remaining places are still on public land anyway, and at least partially because of budgetary constraints, we can no longer see certain classic NP views like the base of Tower Fall in Yellowstone.
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