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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Needs Your Help

A group of, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, volunteers planted seedlings which will become a buffer of trees along a section of the Parkway in Roanoke County. The 200 seedlings the FRIENDS volunteers planted were donated by the Virginia Department of Forestry.

“Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway” is a non-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national treasure. Friends programs focus on preservation, protection and education.

As Susan Mills, from Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway said:

"People come for the views and if the views aren't there, visitation decreases and people do not come to the Blue Ridge Parkway."

Inflating gas prices have also contributed to less people visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway, but there is a more immediate threat to the Blue Ridge Parkway that must be addressed now. Budget cuts, resulting in funding shortages, along with the politicizing of the National Park Service could be putting the Parkway in jeopardy.

This from “Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway:”

“Dear Friend,

I believe the Blue Ridge Parkway is in grave danger. After reading a New York Times editorial on the funding shortages and politicizing of the National Park Service, I want you to be aware of the crisis brewing for the Blue Ridge Parkway.” (Read more)

Petition Drive for FRIENDS Blue Ridge Parkway Funding Crisis

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  • At Wednesday, 29 March, 2006, Blogger Leslie Shelor said…

    In poking around the NPS site,I see it mentioned repeatedly that the Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited park in the country. Government neglect of this valuable property is tragic!


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