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After years of diverting money from contruction and needed repair to maintenance of day-to-day operations, U.S. national parks struggle to keep their doors open.
A road closed due to storm damages limits access to visitors. Inadequate funding means park roads will be closed longer than expected for repairs.Courtesy of John Garder/National Parks Conservation Association
After more than a decade of scrimping and deferring maintenance and construction projects — along with a 6 percent budget cut in the past two years — the signs of strain are beginning to surface at national parks across the country.