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National parks in need of funding

May 19, 2004

Andersonville- Many National Parks are struggling with a lack of funding.

A new Senate bill would provide more money for grounds maintenance and education programs. Rangers at the Andersonville National Historic Site say they're not hurting as badly as many parks.

"We're not in any threat of the park being closed, or reducing our hours to visitors," said Park Ranger Alan Marsh. "It will be business as usual at both Andersonville and Jimmy Carter National Historic sites."

The National Parks Conservation Association says the parks system is being shorted $600 million a year, forcing some parks to close visitors centers and cut educational programs.

posted at 11:17 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com