|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||September 21, 2004|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller Helsel, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-454-3332|
NPCA President's Statement About New Report by National Park Service Retirees
"Not only do our parks suffer from an annual shortfall in excess of $600 million annually, but park protections are also being eroded by misguided policy decisions. The report's recommendation to launch a "National Parks Blue Ribbon Commission" could provide important guidance for addressing park needs and creating the strongest possible National Park Service to preserve the parks."
The National Parks Conservation Association's report on the $600 million annual funding shortfall and critical staffing shortages in the national parks, Endangered Rangers, is available online at www.npca.org/report/endangeredrangers.asp. Information about the national parks' burgeoning backlog of maintenance needs is available at www.npca.org/report/backlog.asp