July 26, 2013 12:00 AM

House panel plunders funds from national parks

Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican and the nation’s 26th president, would be ashamed of his party’s actions this week to eliminate 100 percent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) federal appropriation. Roosevelt not only created five new national parks during his two terms in office, he also enacted the Antiquities Act, enabling presidents to establish national monuments and authorizing to date about a quarter of the nearly 400 areas in the national park system.

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