If you want to know the “state” of our State Parks? Just Google “State Park Budget Cuts”, and you will see how bad it really is.
Headlines Read like this:
State after State are closing State Parks, or cutting funding. That means no one is maintaining them. In recent years I’ve noticed that some of my local State Parks that were once really nice, now looking tired. Overgrowth, and trails looking like no one has been there for years. This all leads to one question. Will our local State Parks survive? And who is going to manage them?
Just recently the San Francisco Chronical reported nearly 50 parks, beaches and historic sites in the greater Bay Area region, including Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island and Big Sur, would close under a draft plan outlining how California’s 279 parks would be affected by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts.
Our State Parks provide an oasis for families and outdoor enthusiasts to take part in nature. It doesn’t matter if you are a backpacker, or a weekend camper, State Parks offer a chance to recharge your batteries, reconnect with your family, or just enjoy the sounds of nature. They offer a little something for everyone. Without them, we loose a part of our earth. We loose a part of our connection with the outdoors. Yes, it takes money to run them. But the whole Appalachian Trail is managed by Volunteers. If the problem is money, than the solution has to be maintaining our parks with volunteers, or at least put a call out. Remember that State Parks bring an economic value to local towns and municipalities. People buy goods and services to enjoy our parks. Govenors around the U.S should take a leadership role to put a call out before they just close them.[Postnew]UNZp99L8E4c[/Postnew]
In Illinois for example:
Closing State Parks hurts us all. Call your State Representatives, or the Govenors office and voice your opposition. Whether you live in California, Virginia, Minnasota,Illinois, or pick any State, budget cuts will force State Parks to close. We need your voice!
Some sites that you can go to:
You get the idea. There are sites all around in YOUR State to have a voice. Get involved and voice your opposition to closing our beautiful State Parks.
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