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cost ratio (that is, the ratio of money taken in to money spent) for the parks statewide is estimated to be 5 to 1. in short, NY parks add more money to state coffers than they subtract, meaning closures could actually aggravate the budget problem rather than help it.

Add to that the immeasurable value of parks to climbers and other recreationalists who seek out natural settings close to home, especially now that saving money has become a priority for most and trips abroad are less attractive. And of course, there are the health benefits of spending time out on the rock rather than inside watching television. In light of the obesity epidemic and health care crisis, access to natural spaces clearly has a value beyond just recreation.

Still, it seems politics often requires sacrificial lambs. In California, where the Access Fund launched a letter-writing campaign and many other pro-parks groups spoke out against the move, 100-plus state parks were ultimately closed. (The silver lining here: that number is less than half the number initially proposed.) There's no denying things are tough, which is why it's more important than

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ever that we climbers make our voices heard. Unlike many access battles, climbers are joined in the cases of state parks by a variety of citizens who don't want to lose these natural places.

The Governor and NY State Senate have been shooting for a decision on the budget by April 1. But if they don't reach an agreement (likely, if one goes by track record), the decision will be delayed, though interim cuts and closures are still likely even if the budget isn't settled by the deadline. If a decision is still pending, concerned New York residents should use the AF's online letter-writing tool {accessfund.org/action) to help keep Minnewaska and other NY state parks open, e^-

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