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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

US National Parks Neglected

While the Canadian Government recently spent more than 1 million dollars for its National Parks the situation in the neighbouring US seems to be different...

Concord (N.H.) Monitor reports:

The National Park Service should replace the decorated arrowhead that serves as its symbol with a log cabin roofed with a blue plastic tarp. It’s that bad. Years of budget cuts and neglect have taken their toll.

Although President Bush made a campaign promise to eliminate the $5 billion maintenance backlog facing the nation’s 390 parks, recreation areas, seashores and historic sites, they have grown worse on his watch.

America’s national parks are an irreplaceable legacy. They must not be stolen from the public, priced out of reach or allowed to decline.