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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