Mount Jefferson State Park at Risk of Closing

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The Jefferson Post is reporting that, due to the massive State budget shortfall, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is being asked to prepare budgets with 5%, 10%, and 15% cuts in mind. If the 15% scenario happens, then Mount Jefferson will definitely be closed. It’s not clear whether this means the land would remain in State ownership, although that would likely be the case for a while.  Given the lack of widespread public tracts of land north of the Pisgah National Forest area in NC, this would represent a loss for hikers visiting the High Country region of the state.

While I understand the need to cut budgets in lean times, does the park need to be closed? Would you support alternatives, such as reduced hours, reduced services, entrance fees, or the like to save our state Parks?

One Response

  1. Brenda Hall

    I feel the park should be left open, it is beautiful and people come from all over to observe its beauty..We live in Maryland and we visit every time we are down there..I think reduced hours and an entrance fee, would work for most people. We do not mind paying to visit Gods country..Hope everything works out for all..

    Thank You,
    Brenda Hall

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