Feb 1, 2013
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has effectively warned national park officials in California to brace for millions of dollars in budget cuts if the federal budget bloodbath strikes on March 1st.
In a congressional effort to cut the national debt, national parks in California now face the chopping block, including Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, Pinnacles National Park, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park.
Such budget slashing will cut visitor services, park hours, park season length, and will result in park closures when staffing is short.
Some members of the U.S. Senate claim to be working on an alternative to the jarring cuts. Regardless, the magic deadline is March 1, 2013.
Far too many taxpayers are sitting around watching reality shows on TV or noodling around on social media to give a damn about national parks.
The cold, hard truth is that most Californians never even go to a national park... or a state park... or the local park down the street.
More Californians would rather fork over big bucks to attend a noisy, crowded theme park than to go see "a bunch of trees that just stand there."
Thus the slice-man cometh and not many really care.
Those who value the natural world over the synthetic are urged to get some balls and start screaming at Congress. Loudly.