In this episode of National Park Talk, Sean Smith looks at the ramification of the Park Service's and conservation groups focus on park funding. The strategy has positives but does it also have costs?
Parks have seen increases in funding over the past decade, going from roughly $2 billion in 2006 to over $3 billion today. However, when adjusted for inflation, the buying power of the Park Service budget hasn't really increased over the past ten years.
Moreover, what deals must be made to secure more funding for the parks? National Park Talk will explore these questions and pull back the curtain on the long-term ramifications of a Deal with the Devil.
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Sean Smith is a former Yellowstone Ranger, and an award winning conservationist, TEDx speaker, and author. He writes national park thrillers from his home in the shadow of Mount Rainier National Park. To learn more about his thrillers click here or follow him on twitter: @parkthrillers