The winner of November's presidential election has the potential to make a profound impact on the future of our national parks.
Will our parks continue to be an irreplaceable source of inspiration, education, and renewal for Americans and visitors from around the world?
Or will the lack of adequate funding continue to erode the National Park Service's ability to provide exceptional, affordable, and memorable experiences for park visitors?
The president we elect on November 6 will preside over the National Park Service's centennial in 2016. What he does after taking office will set the course for what kind of park system we leave our children and grandchildren for the next 100 years.
Sign the petition today. Tell both of the candidates that funding our national parks isn't discretionary. It's essential.
Dear [candidate name],
I am one of millions of Americans who treasure the natural beauty and history of our national parks. Our parks embody American values and our shared, national heritage.
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Parks such as Yellowstone, Gettysburg, the Grand Canyon, and the Statue of Liberty celebrate both the natural wonders of our world and our shared, national story.
Our park system protects our heritage, enhances the quality of our lives, honors our cultural diversity, and makes exceptional contributions to jobs and our economy--generating about $10 for local communities for every $1 invested.
For too long, our parks have been underfunded and neglected. World-class destinations like these should not have to cut staff and programs, defer maintenance needs, or restrict visitor access for lack of funding. This must change.
As a candidate for president of the United States, a president who will preside over the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, I urge you to:
-- Publicly state your support for the National Parks and your desire to ensure their long term preservation;
-- Commit to making adequate funding of the park system a priority in your administration;
-- Pledge to do everything in your power to restore and revitalize our park system; and
-- Ensure that the centennial of the National Park Service will be one of celebration and national pride.
A recent poll by the National Parks Conservation Association found that 95% of registered American voters want the federal government to ensure our national parks are protected for the future and available for their enjoyment.
I am part of that 95% and ask that you pledge, if elected, to protect our national parks.
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