Thursday, February 03, 2005

Yahoo! News - Budgets chop away at park funds

Yahoo! News - Budgets chop away at park funds:
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"Park-support groups used to provide the icing, but now it\'s the cake, too, says Bill Wade, former superintendent of Shenandoah National Park. 'I don\'t think park superintendents like that one bit,' he says, 'but to keep the visitor centers open, they are having to dig deeper and deeper into that pot of private money.'
As they are being asked to do more - to the point of providing necessities such as new bathrooms and lifesaving defibrillators for park rangers - many of the 200 park-support groups find themselves straddling a fine line. They wonder if their charity is discouraging full funding of the park system by the federal government."

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