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Colorado National Parks Grapple With Lack Of Funding For Repairs

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

A new report estimates national parks need $11.5 billion to address maintenance and repair projects. The National Park Service report finds Colorado parks alone could use more than $200 million dollars.

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Sandra Snell-Dobert, a spokesperson for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. 

The report says Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park needs about $5.5 million and Curecanti National Recreation Area could use nearly $10 million for deferred maintenance repairs. 

Of Colorado’s 12 parks, Rocky Mountain National Park tops the list, needing an estimated $67 million.

In the NPS budget proposal, the agency asks Congress for more than half a billion dollars for maintenance and infrastructure projects.

Laura joined KVNF in 2014. She was the news director for two years and now works as a freelance reporter covering Colorado's Western Slope. Laura is an award-winning journalist with work recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Broadcasters Association, and RTDNA. In 2015, she was a fellow for the Institute for Justice & Journalism. Her fellowship project, a three-part series on the Karen refugee community in Delta, Colorado, received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
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