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Searching for Closure

e’ve heard a lot of different ideas for reducing the national parks’ budget deficit, from raising entrance fees to selling naming rights. But few have generated as much vitriol as Gil Lusk’s proposal to start closing less visited parks). “The average American taxpayer now gives less than one-tenth of one cent to support the national parks,” Jarvis wrote. “Congress, who holds the purse-strings of appropriation, could easily increase the funding.”

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