We are bikers, hikers and horseback riders. We are geocachers, boaters and off-roaders. We are history buffs, golfers, anglers and campers. We all have a passion for the affordable, close-to-home recreation opportunities our state parks offer.
In these difficult economic times we can no longer take our state parks for granted. Funding has become a critical issue. Recent budget reductions by the Utah Legislature have driven our Division of Parks and Recreation to the point where park closures will be certain if planned future reductions are allowed to stand. Dozens of people in the Division have been let go and services have been slashed to bare bones. FUSP is very concerned that, if consistent funding is not maintained, we may be looking at irreversible changes to our parks. One of the tools we see as critical to help ensure the survival of our parks is public support.
The Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, also known as Utah State Parks, was formed in 1957 by the Utah Legislature. Today, the agency manages 43 state parks and several undeveloped land areas totaling over 95,000 acres; has responsibilities on more than a million surface acres of water; administers the Utah off-highway vehicle, boating and trails programs; provides and maintains access to waterways and trails, and; promotes education, safety, and resource protection. The geographic area covered by State Parks managers and employees includes the entire state, from our cities to some of our most remote, out-of-the-way corners.
We invite you to look through the resources on our website. Please consider joining with us to help ensure our children and grandchildren are also able to enjoy what our fine state park system has to offer.
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