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80% Parks and Rec budget cut will impact backcountry skiers, too. Action needed

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  • whitnuld
    Idaho Parks and Recreation is facing an incredible 80% cut in this year s state budget. The legislature needs to hear from YOU about how important backcountry
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4, 2010
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      Idaho Parks and Recreation is facing an incredible 80% cut in this year's state budget.

      The legislature needs to hear from YOU about how important backcountry access is to you.

      This decimation of Parks and Recreation funding is on top of earlier cuts, just as more and more Idahoans are participating in outdoor activities. Governor Otter says that by abruptly slashing the budget by 80%, he wants to make the parks self-sufficient.

      No state park system in the country is self-sustaining, and Idaho is no different. If this budget goes through, expect to see dramatic reductions in services in (and the quality of) our state parks.

      What do the Parks and Recration cuts mean for winter enthusiasts? It's not just about parks. IPR administers the Park and Ski program, which keeps parking lots plowed and trails groomed for nonmotorized users. Park and Ski doesn't pay for itself--administration of the program is funded in part from the general fund. This year's budget cutbacks (which will likely result in layoffs of as many as 25 people) will reduce or eliminate the state's capacity to run the state's fantastic backcountry yurt system.

      Meanwhile, services to motorized users will survive just fine. Snowmobile registration fees and gas taxes pay for motorized trails, snowmobile education, and snowmobile trailhead parking. Because motorized trail funds are dedicated by statute to motorized uses, nonmotorized trail users will feel most of the impact of the 80% budget cut.

      The final Parks and Recreation budget will be heard first thing Monday morning. The Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee doesn't take public testimony at the hearings. Committee members need to hear from you NOW! Send an email to or call and tell them to make parks a priority!

      Members of the Joint Finance-Approprations Committee can be found here: http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/budget/JFAC/jfacmembers.cfm

      To make things even easier, cross-reference the list I've linked to above to the email addresses below:

      skeough@...
      geskridg@...
      jbroadsw@...
      jhammond@...
      fhenders@...
      sringo@...
      dbolz@...
      nlefavou@...
      cbayer@...
      bbrackett@...
      jpatrick@...
      wjaquet@...
      dcameron@...
      mbell@...
      sbair@...
      dbilyeu@...
      dmortimer@...
      jmcgeach@...
      jsiddoway@...
      jawood@...

      Find additional talking points here: http://friendsofidahoparksandrecreation.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/finally-heres-what-you-can-do/.

      Feel free to forward this action alert to your friends, and thanks for speaking up for Idaho trails and parks!

      Whitney
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