Help the Parks

Publication: The New York Times

06/10/2008 - It is only June, but given a summer recess and the fall’s campaigning, the rest of the legislative year could well be wasted, and some good bills left to die, unless Congress starts working harder now.

One piece of legislation that deserves a serious push is the National Park Service Centennial Initiative. A brainchild of Dirk Kempthorne, the Interior secretary, the initiative would use the years leading up to the park system’s 100th birthday in 2016 to raise $1 billion in private money and match that with $1 billion in federal money — above and beyond normal appropriations — to rejuvenate the national parks.

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