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Parkway Budget Cuts

Supporters of the Blue Ridge Parkway say it could face new struggles if congress doesn't increase appropriations.

Today they are releasing a new report backing that claim.

It says budget cuts under the sequester last fall forced the Parkway to close campgrounds and picnic areas.

If cuts are as severe this year it says you can expect much of the same.

Volunteers and groups that help maintain the Parkway say there is already a backlog of maintenance necessary to the parkway and other buildings along it.

Phil Francis, former superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway, "I happen to feel very strongly about national parks. I think these places are special places in our country--Grand Canyon, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smokies, Everglades--I think we want to protect these special places. It is what America is to me."

According to the report, the government cut $784,000 from the Parkway budget last year out of an operating cost of around $14-million.


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