Magazine article National Parks

The People Have Spoken

Magazine article National Parks

The People Have Spoken

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Americans consider our national parks some of the most majestic, beautiful, and awe-inspiring places in the world, and yet only 6 percent think the national parks are in good shape today, according to a poll commissioned by NPCA and the National Park Hospitality Association.

A whopping 95 percent feel it is appropriate for the federal government to protect and support our national parks. It's no surprise that a majority of Americans want to see the government do more to protect America's most treasured places. What may be surprising given these difficult fiscal times is the fact that very few voters from either political party say the federal government should be cutting back on park funding.

The new poll offers important information as the Administration and Congress consider additional cuts to national parks through the annual appropriations process and the looming across-the-board cut known as a "sequestration," scheduled for January 2013. Under the sequester, the Park Service would face cuts between 8 and 10 percent that would dramatically reduce the number of park rangers and close visitor centers, campgrounds, and some national park sites. …

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