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Terrorism Protection Drains National Parks Funding

The National Park Service could lose millions of dollars for repair projects because of efforts to prevent terrorism.

Twenty million dollars is earmarked for deploying rangers to thwart terrorists. Because of those expenses, internal documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times show that the Park Service would lose nearly $5 million dollars of its $85 million repair budget.

Some of the projects that would be affected in California are repairs of a tunnel drain at Yosemite National Park, museum storage at Death Valley and seismic safety repairs for 18 buildings at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, Park Service law enforcement officers from around the country have been redeployed at the nation´s “icon parks,” such as the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge and Yosemite.