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Help Stop State Park Closures

by JP on Sep.27, 2009, under Camping, Cycling Trails, Disc Golf, Environmental Issues, Gear Review, Georgia Hiking Trails, Hiking Trails, Outdoor Travel

Help Save My State Parks
Last year I wrote about the distinct possibility of our State Parks losing funding, and the need to volunteer at them to help save money.

As I predicted, that time is very near. I recently wrote my state representative stating my opposition to the possibility of future state park closures/funding cuts. My representative responded with what I believe amounted to a statement saying that times are bad, and somethings just had to be cut.

My fellow Georgians, times may be economically tough, but our we willing to sacrifice our state’s beauty for tough times? If not, I encourage you to take a very simple action now.

The simple fact is, Georgia’s state parks are not any type of drain on our economic system, the cutting of these will save the state very little money and are legislators attempt to put a band-aid on a bullet wound. While legislators may believe this is a possible solution to part of the economic problem, we need to encourage our legislators to find funding elsewhere. Perhaps these legislative/executive bodies should stop spending funds on travel to distant places? Maybe if they spent a little more time in Georgia’s parks they would recognize the beauty and historical significance they have to their real constituents.

Go to SaveMyStateParks.org, and click on advocate to sign their petition. In addition to signing the petition, you can click here

and send a letter to your state representatives, the Lt. Governor, and Governor Perdue stating your concerns about state park closures.

I cannot encourage you enough to take the very simple action of emailing this letter. This does work, my state representative wrote me back within 48 hours of me sending the letter out. If we can get people from every district writing on this then we will virtually assure protection of some of the nation’s best state parks. All it takes is a click or two, so get that email sent out quick before we lose our parks forever.

Help Save My State Parks

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