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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Your experiences as a resident of New Hampshire are unique to this discussion.
    Far more than mine though I've been hiking and vacationing in NH since 1977.
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    That's why I said "consider". I don't have any data to decide if it would be a good idea or not.
    A brief discussion of how the NFS and AMC and locals work together would illuminate how the Northern Forest works .
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by LagerHead View Post
    Care to share the math? Or should we simply take your word for it?


    It is on this site, where this question came up about a year or so ago. I did the math on the forums, basing it on available data from some National parks and forests in my area. The way it ended up, the park would have to charge around a thousand dollars a day per person in order to equal the profits of simply developing the land and selling it as housing subdivisions.

    Look it up if you want; I don't care to go through it again.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Your experiences as a resident of New Hampshire are unique to this discussion.
    Far more than mine though I've been hiking and vacationing in NH since 1977.

    A brief discussion of how the NFS and AMC and locals work together would illuminate how the Northern Forest works .
    I love our parks here. They do a great job with the mountains especially. We've hiked a lot of the Presidential range.

    I'd say NH is probably very equipped to manage our parks. Other states, maybe not so much. Up here we have decent coffers and little poverty & unemployment. And we collect most of our taxes from the tourists.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    I can see it now.

    Mt. Exxon National Park, formerly known as Mount Rainier...

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    I can see it now.

    Mt. Exxon National Park, formerly known as Mount Rainier...

    If all it would be is a sign, that would be borderline acceptable.

    But I'm thinking we'd be touring oil rigs in the park or some ****....
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    A thousand times no.
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Should We Privatize National Parks?
    NO. We should leave the National Parks just as they are.
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Hell no!
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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by tacomancer View Post
    The states are more likely to cut corners and deals which compromise the parks and make them open to exploitation as cash strapped states all compete for economic investment from the private sector. I think giving them to the states would be a bad idea.
    It is the Federal Government that has cut corners, and sending control to the states would keep them from being closed when the Government shuts down.

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    Re: Should We Privatize National Parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    It is the Federal Government that has cut corners, and sending control to the states would keep them from being closed when the Government shuts down.
    Most of our large National Parks are located in rural states with a low tax base. The single largest expenditure for those rural states is education. After that its programs like SCHIP, and various safety-net type programs, then infrastructure, after that its policing and emergency services. Parks, DNR, state forests and so on are way down the list and are the first to be cut when the state gets into budget trouble. For example, Wyoming simply does not have the tax base to manage the National Parks and Forests located within that state without selling much of those parks and forests off to developers. So unless you want Yellowstone to become another Vail, leave it in the National Park System.

    National Parks are a tiny fraction of our federal budget outlays, if they have issues, then fund them a little better. Why mess with this nation's single greatest idea? Our National Parks, Forests, and Federal Wilderness Areas are literally what makes this nation unique. You can strap a pack on and completely leave civilization here and experience true freedom as long as you are out there, there are few other places on earth that you can do that in.
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