Opinion: It really is Time to Start off Closing National Parks

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National Park Closed

Truth: The National Park Service has an annual operating spending budget of just more than $two.two billion to handle all 483 park units. Truth: It is not almost adequate.

More than the previous 30 years, needed repairs and upkeep have gone largely unfunded, generating an infamous backlog of $12 billion in deferred upkeep. The outcome? Crumbling historic structures, extended lines for restrooms, overflowing parking lots, and failing trail systems.

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Through that similar time period, we’ve added parks but not funding, which indicates the new parks slide toward disrepair even as they divert sources from the older ones.

A single resolution, of course, is to raise funding to address the backlog and appropriately sustain all of the parks. A lot of hikers would probably assistance that alternative, but the federal government—under each parties—has not, and the challenge appears to be receiving worse. So it is time for a further resolution: Some parks have to be closed and placed in short-term caretaker status to totally free up funds and employees for these units that are most in require of rehabilitation, restoration, and protection.

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