Report: Colorado's National Parks Need Work

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A new report says the Bush administration won't be able to eliminate millions of dollars in overdue maintenance at national parks by the end of President Bush's term.

F. Patrick Holmes is the project manager for Colorado College's State of the Rockies Project. He says the administration will have addressed about 25 percent of the backlog by then.

The Rockies Project found that an eight-state region including Colorado has a $71 million dollar backlog. At current funding levels, only 16 percent of the work will be done by 2009.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton says the administration has spent almost $3 billion to reduce an estimated $5 billion maintenance and repair backlog. But she admits eliminating it is impossible.

Service/maintenance backlogs at Colorado's national parks, according to a new report from Colorado College:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park, $35.7 million

  • Colorado National Monument, $4.2 million

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, $4.1 million

  • Mesa Verde National Park, $1.9 million

  • Dinosaur National Monument, $1.5 million

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, $1 million