America's National Parks Need Bush to Fulfill Campaign Promise

 
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   August 21, 2002
Contact:   Andrea Keller, Americans for National Parks, 202-454-3332


America's National Parks Need Bush to Fulfill Campaign Promise

Washington, D.C. - “President Bush shouldn’t be a typical tourist when he visits Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Thursday,” said Americans for National Parks Campaign Director Jennifer Coken. “He must take this and every opportunity to follow up on his campaign pledge and be a leader on behalf of the national parks - our great American treasures.”

Last June, during a visit to Everglades National Park, President Bush said, “Many parks have lacked the resources they need for their basic care and maintenance. My administration will restore and renew America’s national parks… We will clear up nearly $5-billion in maintenance to make our parks more inviting and accessible to all Americans.”

“We intend to hold him to that pledge,” Coken said. “We are going to be watching carefully as the administration prepares the 2004 budget.”

Research has shown that the national parks are operating with only two-thirds of the funding needed, creating a wide variety of critical needs ranging from deteriorating infrastructure to the dwindling of wildlife species. Museum artifacts and archaeological sites are not being preserved, public education programs are being reduced, and irreplaceable historic structures are crumbling.

The coalition of Americans for National Parks is working with Congress and the administration to significantly increase the annual budget of the National Park Service to protect park resources and the experiences of hundreds of millions of visitors annually.

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