National Parks get a $750-million shot in the arm today

Stimulus package gives the national parks a rare pot of money-

Despite how Americans love their national parks, this rarely translates into appropriations. While an big increase in appropriations is still needed, this is a significant event, which, according to the article, will also create many jobs.

National parks to get $750 million today. By Andrea Stone. USA Today.



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    I am delighted that Yellowstone will get a new waste water treatment plant. However, as many Yellowstone visitors are aware, the majority of the “outhouses” available in Yellowstone are disgusting. I wonder if upgrading those disgraceful buildings will be a part of the plan. In the Canadian camping areas even ten years ago, many of these buildings were solar and composting facilities. I would love to see Yellowstone try to upgrade in an ecological manner.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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