Is the National Park Service trying to do too much?

Is the National Park Service spreading itself too thin? The park service’s budget has been flat or declining for years, and this year’s sequester has bit even deeper into the budget. At the same time, the agency keeps adding new units to the system. These units all incur significant start-up costs and ongoing staffing and maintenance expenses. How can the system keep operating with any degree of effectiveness if it keeps growing without the funds to pay for that growth?

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Gettysburg and the shutdown

Yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered there was an interesting piece about how the town of Gettysburg is coping with the shutdown-induced closure of the National Military Park. A key issue for debate is whether park service authorities should allow visitors to walk around the battlefield itself, even though there are no park rangers on duty to guide them around or protect them.

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