Let’s Fix Our National Parks, Not Add More Jul 1, 2015

Clemson alums Reed Watson (2014) and Scott Wilson (2015) published an op-ed in the New York Times, urging that scarce Federal resources be used to address a massive deferred maintenance problem in our national parks.Watson and Wilson write "Earlier this year, the park service announced that the cost of deferred maintenance had reached $11.5 billion. Included in the backlog: $5.6 billion for park roads, $1.8 billion for buildings, nearly $473 million for trails, $255 million for wastewater systems and $62 million for campgrounds." Yet despite these backlogs and maintenance deficiencies in the park system and more, the administration has proposed adding seven new parks and over 120,000 acres to the system. "True conservation is taking care of the land and water you already have, not insatiably acquiring more and hoping it manages itself," say Watson and Wilson.

Reed Watson and Scott Wilson both graduated with B.S. degrees in Economics from Clemson, Watson in 2004 and Wilson in May 2015. Watson is now Executive Director of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT, where Wilson is a Research Assistant.