07 Jun '11, 4pm

State Parks on the Chopping Block Across the Nation

The concept of setting aside pristine land, protecting it, and allowing the public to enjoy it -- the very notion of conservation itself -- has been called "America's Best Idea" . Before national and state parks were introduced in the United States, the concept hardly existed. But ever since the Republican Teddy Roosevelt created the national parks system, it's been exported all over the world, and for good reason -- everyone should be allowed to enjoy natural beauty. Unfortunately, thanks to the budget crisis, important state parks are being dismantled and shut down across the nation. It's truly a travesty.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/state-parks-chopp...

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