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Rebuilding our state parks in the lottery era

Statesman Journal, December 22, 2013

By: Zach Urness

When Tim Wood arrived at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in 1998, he found an organization in dire straits.

Underfunded for decades and overwhelmed by the cost of maintaining roads, trails and crumbling buildings, the department had come painfully close to shutting down 65 state parks to balance the books.

The shutdowns had been averted by small fixes, but the department still found itself without stable funding or a road map to sustain its deteriorating parks.

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