Friday, February 22, 2013

National Park lover? Take Action Today!

Wild Goose Island - Glacier Natl Park
Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park


Friends:  regardless of how our political leanings might differ from one another, I would bet there’s one thing we can all agree on—that our National Park lands (that we all own) are America’s finest treasure, and something we’d like our future generations to experience as fully as we have.

In recent years, funding for the National Park Service (NPS) has been cut to just 1/14th of 1% of the federal budget.  Now, as of March 1st, that funding is slated to be cut even further (due to “sequestration”) unless Congress acts to stop it.  Maybe it’s already too late and we don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of stopping it, but I guess we’ll never know unless we try, right?

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has organized a quick and easy online petition to make your voice heard in Washington.  Please add your name today!

So, what will it mean if sequestration actually happens & what can you do about it?  Read these links:


If you have a blog (or are on Facebook, Twitter, Google+,etc),  I hope you can re-post and share this online petition link above today.   Thanks!

7 comments:

  1. Thank you Lynne for the link....I have posted it on Facebook as well as contacted my representative...

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  2. Thank you for your concern I have posted on my Facebook.

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  3. Thanks for posting this. I've been concerned about this issue for a long time. I live in fear that our national park sites (there are over 300, BTW) will fall victim to neglect due to diminished funding.

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    1. I share those concerns as well. Mark over at Box Canyon Blog has posted a few recent reports from Organ Pipe and Ironwood National Monuments in Arizona where large areas of these parks have been closed off for nearly a decade due to the Feds' inability to keep them safe for visitors (or so they still claim).

      There have also been various news reports across the country in recent years of criminal gangs now growing marijuana fields within our national parks and forests, and why? Because the Feds no longer have the budget and manpower to supervise these lands effectively.

      I hope concerned citizens and nature lovers become more aware of these issues and push their elected officials in Congress to do more to protect our parks.

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  4. Thanks for the link. Glacier is one of my favorites, so I love your Goose Island photo!

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  5. Gorgeous photo and important post....Thanks!

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