At 100 years old, the National Parks need $12 billion of TLC

Mitchell Hartman

One option for increasing funding — supported by free-market advocates, a version of which appears in a policy change recently proposed by the National Park Service — is to let corporations and private donors have a bigger role in funding facility upgrades, in exchange for expanding naming and promotion rights inside the parks for sponsors and vendors.

The progressive advocacy group Public Citizen has organized a petition drive to oppose the proposed changes (to Director’s Order #21: Philanthropic Partnerships), said Kristen Strader, campaign coordinator for the group’s Commercial Alert program.

“This policy would really open the door for more commercialism,” Strader said. “The answer is to push harder for Congress to fund our public lands, not to give them to corporations.”

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