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N.H.'s State Parks: Checking In With Their Funding Model & Upkeep

John Riordan

We're checking in with New Hampshire’s state parks. We’ll look at the state park self-funding model, as well as progress on its strategic plan.



  • Nancy Stiles – Republican Senator from Hampton
  • Russ Thibeault - president of Applied Economic Research, an economic and real estate consulting firm based in Laconia, NH


  • Some concerns about the state park system's funding model: "Developers invest millions in making business parks around NH attractive to employers, yet the state park system is woefully underfunded despite being a main driver of NH's economy.  An estimated six million people visit state parks annually, with about a 50-50 split between in-state and out-of-state visitors, according to Plymouth State University’s Institute for NH Studies. But the parks they visit need millions in capital improvements to address leaky roofs and failed septic systems, among other problems."
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