There was almost no political support for the governor’s original plan-

Idaho Parks and Recreation Board reverses park closures. Shuttering parks ‘is not the direction the state should be headed,’ says Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston. ‘Not now. Not ever.’ By Cynthia Sewell. Idaho Statesman. “We had a paradigm shift,” said board Chairman Steve Klatt of Sagle.

Of course, they will have to try to fund a larger portion not using appropriated state money.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to A nearly complete reversal on idea to close Idaho State Parks System

  1. avatar Ken Cole says:

    I heard on Dialogue last night that some parks might get Federal money to keep staff at the parks. The director mentioned that the USFS might be awarding $75,000 to the park on the Yankee Fork.

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