Here is the list of State parks that will be closed and which will remain open
Parks to be kept open are:
These parks are essential to our families. They teach our children why we should take care of our environment. If these parks are closed I fear the forests will be cut down and the land sold to make more corporate money. We should preserve our forests.
Going to the state parks have been fun filled times for families for generations and we should preserve them. Our government is trying to make cuts on things we use. There are plenty other places they can make cuts. Another thing they could do is bring more economy to our state by disallowing corporate welfare. This is where the major cuts should be made not by taking our beautiful state parks away.
Please sign the petition and let our state lawmakers know that we as citizens will not support this plan of action.
Our State motto is "Alabama the Beautiful", this is because of our wondrous natural resources including the state parks. Because Alabama is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the US, we need a powerful experience of nature in order to appreciate our place in it. Alabama offers this experience, as long as people have access to the parks.
These parks are a valuable part of our society. Families have been enjoying them for generations and want to continue that for future generations. Alabama is known for having the 2nd most diverse (and best) forests in the nation, as well as the number 1 freshwater ecosystems in the nation. These would not be possible without our wonderful state parks! Likewise many of these state parks have very old features and landmarks, some even have ancient relics of Native American tribes dating back several thousand years! It would be a shame and a travesty to let our beautiful state let these parks waste away. We worry that they will fall out of the public's hands and, at best, people will lose access to these treasures. At worst, they will be bought up by private investors and cut down. By closing these parks we stand to lose the single most beautiful and endearing feature about Alabama: its long steeped tradition with its love for the outdoors. The name Alabama is derived from the Choctaw word for "herb gatherers" suggesting our strong love for nature. Do not take away one of our state's most valued and traditions for petty reasons!The preservation of our state parks is invaluable to the people of Alabama. We are one of the most geographically diverse states in the country and we need to retain the integrity of our state through our parks. Each of these parks represents a part of our history; a history that is varied and unique. These areas should be maintained for future generations of Alabamians to enjoy.
The people of Alabama need places to relax and enjoy time off from their hard work. The millions of dollars we have invested in these parks over the last 50 years should not go to waste. It would not take much to turn many of these parks into profitable ventures. Under-funding and closing State Parks eliminates a significant amount of outdoor recreation and eco-tourism, which create revenue and economic activity for local communities, further exacerbating the state's fiscal problems. All of the parks are important as places of recreation, relaxation, education, enjoyment of nature, etc.,whether large or small or well known or known mostly to those in the local area. If Alabama advertised them better they would be better known and used. A lot of these State Parks have been cleaned up in recent years. The state has put lots of money into them, especially the ones in North Alabama. So basically the legislature is going to waste all the money they just put in to making these parks better by closing them. That makes no sense. There are plenty of people in the state that use these parks and they should not be shut down.
Closing these parks will mean lost revenue. Profitability of the actual park is only part of the picture. Many park visitors are from out of state and they spend money on a variety of goods and services while they are here. We should make every effort to live up to our slogan: "Alabama the beautiful" and to share that beauty with others. Please don't shut down these parks that add to the beauty of our state. We rank last in everything else don't put us to the bottom of another list.
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