U.S. National Park Service

Saratoga National Historical Park in upstate New York
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In 2018, more than 318 million people visited the roughly 400 National Park sites covering about 85 million acres in the U.S., according to the federal government. And while history, nature and outdoor recreation are the usual draws, advocates say visitors are being welcomed by crumbling roads, deteriorating buildings and outdated utility systems. Now Congress is considering measures to chip away at the backlog of deferred maintenance projects in the park system. 

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       After six years as superintendent of the only National Park in western Massachusetts, James Woolsey is moving to a new assignment with the National Park Service.

   This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

  A naturalist and advocate for freedom of speech, Terry Tempest Williams explores how environmental issues are social issues and ultimately matters of justice.

Her new book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, comes with the centennial of the National Park Service. It is a celebration of our National Parks and an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

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The U.S. National Park Service says Vermont's lone National Park had $1.7 million in economic impact in the state, creating 25 jobs.