Ensuring the Journey Continues…

By David Anderson Jr.
Published June, 2007

Often described as “a string of pearls,” the Parkway draws more visitors than Yosemite, Yellow Stone and the Grand Canyon combined. However, with a budget of less than half that of the other parks, this national treasure is operating on a shoestring. Currently 63 of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s permanent staff positions are vacant because there’s no money to pay them, and the Parkway’s maintenance backlog exceeds $200 million.

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