Protect Our Parks
North Carolina's state parks deserve full and lasting protection. But right now, many of our parks are at risk. Environment North Carolina is working to show our elected leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory overwhelming public support for restoring funding to keep our state parks open and protected for all to enjoy.
From Mount Mitchell to Jockey’s Ridge, North Carolina is home to some of the best state parks in the country. Our state parks are where we go to hike, camp, swim and picnic, and we should do everything we can to protect them.
Our best places left vulnerable
Unfortunately, our state parks are falling into disrepair, and are even threatened with closure due to funding cuts. Funding for our state parks has been reduced by 80 percent since 2007, and in 2013 the dedicated revenue stream was eliminated entirely. In 2012, the state considered closing all the state parks for the winter in an effort to save money.
For the first time in history, state leaders are even considering charging entrance fees, which could limit access to our state parks.
That’s why Environment North Carolina is working to show our elected leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory the massive public support for restoring funding to keep our state parks open and protected for all to enjoy.
A 100 year-old legacy
Next year, North Carolina’s state parks will celebrate their 100th birthday. And with more than 14 million visits to our parks every year, we know that the public supports protecting them. Yet, the number of grants awarded to our state parks shrunk from 47 in 2012 to just 14 in 2013.
Year after year, funding for our parks is cut, and if we do nothing, our parks will fall further into disrepair and some may need to close. We can’t stand by and let the funding that maintains our parks and keeps them open dwindle. In order to make that happen, we need people all across the state to speak out in support of our state parks.
Together we can win
We’re knocking on doors across the state, shining a spotlight in the media, and mobilizing local elected officials and small businesses to show support for protecting our parks. But the real key to winning this fight is you.
Tell Gov. McCrory: Protect our state parks
- 15 million people visited North Carolina's 41 state parks in 2013.
- Funding for state parks has been cut by 80 percent since 2007, and in 2013 the dedicated revenue system was eliminated.