Yosemite Area Online Forums Happening Now Obama has used his executive authority to add 10 national monuments

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    “We’ve designated new monuments and historic sites that better reflect the story of all our people,” Obama said during a June speech at Yosemite National Park in California. “So along with those famous sites like Gettysburg, we can also see monuments to Cesar Chavez, or Pullman porters in Chicago.”

    But NPS is saddled with a nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog, including $4.3 billion for historic and prehistoric structures, cultural landscapes, and archaeological sites, records show. And it is facing mounting criticism that the extensive cultural and historical resources under its care are deteriorating from age, wear and tear, and, in some cases, outright neglect.


    In total, NPS manages 27,000 historic structures, including 9,500 buildings and 3,500 statues and monuments. Shouldn’t we use our resources for the existing parks instead of dedicating new buildings?

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