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Alabama State Parks Budget to Remain Tight, But Operational
April 10, 2013
Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy responded Wednesday to recent media coverage regarding the possible reduction of services in Alabama’s State Parks. “We appreciate all the support that organizations and the people of Alabama have shown for their state parks, particularly over the last few weeks as potential budget cuts have been discussed,” he said.
“By working with legislators and the Governor’s Office, we have come up with a budget strategy for FY 2014 to absorb funding reductions in other areas of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The return of these park maintenance funds will be especially helpful for planned campground renovations and other park upgrades. The state park system will continue to undergo operational changes and remain efficient in its programs during 2013, and we will continue to be good stewards of public funds and state resources. We are optimistic that we can use this time to have a public dialogue about the future of state parks, and survey our customers, the general public, and the communities where our parks are located to better understand their expectations and interests,” Guy said.