|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||June 26, 2002|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller, Americans for National Parks, 202-454-3332|
House Mark Exceeds Administration's Proposal, But Still Shortchanges the National Parks
Research conducted by the National Parks Conservation Association has shown that, on average, the national parks are operating with only two-thirds of the funding needed. As a result, plant and wildlife species are disappearing, important archaeological sites are not being protected, public education programs are being cut back, and irreplaceable historic structures are crumbling.
“The Subcommittee did a good job under a tight budget ceiling, but the public needs to understand that the parks aren’t getting what they need,” said Kiernan. “Unless the National Park System as a whole receives greater support, these living classrooms of America’s natural and cultural heritage will continue to deteriorate.”
The 200-member coalition of Americans for National Parks, which was organized by the National Parks Conservation Association, is seeking a $280-million increase in the National Park Service’s fiscal year 2003 operating budget to protect America’s priceless historic and cultural artifacts, majestic lands, and native plants and wildlife.