This week is National Park Week – which means admission is free to all 417 parks and cultural sites this weekend. Alan Spears with the National Parks Conservation Association says the parks need to roll into their second century in the best shape possible and proposed cuts to to the National Park Service aren't a good idea.
"Well, I mean those cuts would be extreme, very extreme. And they would have an adverse impact on all operations for the Department of the Interior, and it would have an adverse impact on national parks,” he says.
The President has called protecting America’s national parks a “priority” for his administration but wants to cut funding for the National Parks Service by $1.6 billion. However, Congress will determine the final budget this fall.