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The Growth of VIPs


    Here's a little follow-up to my post on the intrusion of volunteers into the national park landscape. It's a telling chart Brodie Farquhar made up to go with his story on park volunteers. Unfortunately, it didn't make it into the newspaper. Take a good look at it, particularly the growth of VIPs versus that of full-time NPS staff as well as the park staff that volunteers "replaced."

Year    Volunteers   Replaced staff    NPS budget    Full-time staff

1973        8,328               147                 $498 M           7,133

2006    154,000             2,451              $2,653 M         20,056

Grew     1,849%           1,667%                 530%           280%

Source: National Park Service Human Affairs

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