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Why Don’t States Run National Parks?

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications Earlier this month, several states helped lessen the economic hardship from the federal government shutdown by opening a handful of national parks on a case-by-case basis while the rest of the National Park System was closed. It is a testament to the importance of these places that governors were willing to contribute from their [...]

Posted on: October 24 2013
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If Americans Overwhelmingly Love Our National Parks, Why Isn’t Congress Fully Funding Them?

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By Theresa Pierno, Acting President of NPCA It’s not difficult to understand why Americans show such strong bipartisan support and genuine love for our national parks—one visit is all it takes. I had one of those special visits ten years ago when I traveled to Alaska with my husband, son, and parents to experience Denali National Park for the first [...]

Posted on: October 23 2013
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Small Potatoes in a Big Standoff: National Parks Reopen, but Remain Threatened by a Broken Budget Process

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By Craig Obey, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs After an agonizing 16-day impasse, Congress and the administration finally reopened the federal government on October 17 and authorized a short-term resolution that will fund national parks through January 15, 2014. We missed these places, and we’re happy to see open signs replace closed signs at last. The fight to adequately fund [...]

Posted on: October 17 2013
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Why Can’t Visitors Walk In to “Open-Air” Parks?

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By John Garder, Director, Budget and Appropriations National parks are prominent icons representing the very best of America—so it’s not surprising that losing access to these inspirational places is causing heartbreak and anger around the country. When Congress closed the national parks as part of the government shutdown on October 1, it affected hundreds of thousands of visitors, business owners, [...]

Posted on: October 11 2013
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Q&A: Do Visitors Really Need to Be Shut Out of National Parks During the Government Shutdown?

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By John Garder, Director, Budget and Appropriations As we enter week two of the government shutdown, closed signs and barricades at national parks have become powerful symbols of the fiscal standoff’s impact on people around the country. Visitors are understandably angry and upset to lose access to these places of national pride. Those lost visitors mean that tourist-driven businesses in [...]

Posted on: October 8 2013
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