Re: “2014 look ahead” (TNT, 1-5).
With hopes for a better 2014, the National Parks Conservation Association appreciates the rear-view look at the particularly trying year for our national parks.
In addition to the noted closure of Mount Rainier National Park’s Ohanapecosh visitor center due to across-the-board cuts from the government sequester, the park had to implement earlier closures of its Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds, on top of indefinitely delaying needed road repairs and campgrounds maintenance.
Collectively, these closures impacted tens of thousands of park visitors. Across the country, national park operations budgets have faced a 13 percent …