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Governor David Paterson has an idea to help solve New York's "fiscal crisis." This idea entails the closure of 41 state parks and 14 historic sites, as well the reduction of park services at 23 other parks and one other historic site. While the Governor's attempts to ameliorate New York's financial woes may be admirable, they are certainly not conducive to happy, healthy living in this time of economic distress. We will see budget cuts in all areas, as well as a hefty tax increase, that will supposedly come to the support of our foundering economy. But why should we sacrifice the one thing--nature--that should always be available for us to enjoy? Why should we give up those green spaces that not only provide revenue for the state through tourism, but also offer NYS families quality, affordable travel destinations? Our state parks do not just provide jobs, income for the state, vacation spots: they are also places of solace, beauty, and simple joy; silent retreats where we might seek reprieve from the reality of living in this, our creation, the twenty-first century world. Please sign this petition to STOP the closure of our state parks and historic sites and to preserve the natural beauty of our state for future generations.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the body and soul" (John Muir).

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