Ron Tipton on National Parks

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At an event at Shenandoah National Park in suburban Washington DC earlier this month, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne invoked a comparison between President Bush and Teddy Roosevelt.


To many environmentalists, Kempthorne’s remark could appear almost to be blasphemous.  Roosevelt created a collection of national preserves that helped form the foundation of the current park system, while Bush , critics would say, has let the national parks slide into decline.  Until now.


Ron Tipton is the Senior Vice President for Programs at National Parks Conservation Association.  He says he and other environmentalists are actually pleased with the President has put in budget for national parks this year (roll tape#1 o.q.”that already supports many parks”)


That’s Ron Tipton from the National Parks Conservation Association.  He spoke to WMNF today about President Bush’s 20080 budget for national parks, which is the highest funding for parks ever…


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