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State Parks: State run or federally underrun?

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, nearly 400 places are safeguarded in an effort to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. National Park Service by the Numbers $48,000,000,000 incentivized in private historic preservation investment 11,700,000,000 visitors $5,409,252,508 in preservation and outdoor recreation grants awarded $2,750,000,000 annual budget 121,603,193 objects in museum collections 97,417,260 volunteer hours 84,000,000 acres of land 4,502,644 acres of oceans, lakes, reservoirs 2,482,104 volunteers 218,000 jobs supported in gateway communities 85,049 miles of perennial rivers and streams 68,561 archeological sites 43,162 miles of shoreline 28,000 employees 27,000 historic structures 2,461 national historic landmarks 582 national natural landmarks 400 endangered species 391 national parks 40 national heritage areas More than 20,000 men and women work for Park Services around the clock in all 50 states. The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a Director nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. But with the state of the economy and with state budgets being cut more and more each year, national parks are in jeopardy. How does this impact you? What great memories do you have from visiting a state park? What value do they play in the fabric of America? GO!

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