House Mark Exceeds Administration's Proposal, But Still Shortchanges the National Parks

 
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  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

Washington, D.C. - “While we recognize Congress’ commitment to the national parks, the reality is that the House Interior Subcommittee budget falls short of the need,” said National Parks Conservation Association President Thomas Kiernan. “The proposed increase of $118.5 million for park operations is just not enough.”

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.

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