|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||February 28, 2001|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-454-3332|
President's Park Budget Needs to Focus on Threats to Wildlife, Cultural Resources
The Park Service's own research has shown that not a single park has a complete inventory of all its plants, animals and historic artifacts; the Park Service cannot control invasive species on 93 percent of its lands that suffer from exotics; 63 percent of the threatened and endangered species in the national parks are expected to decline over the next 5 years; and 67 percent of the cultural artifacts in the Park System are in poor condition. These data demonstrate a need for increased funding for resource protection, which is not in the president's current construction-heavy proposal.