News Release 012

New system makes it easier to donate to Missouri state parks

Volume 38-012 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751-6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JAN. 13, 2010 --A new Web page has been established to assist people who want to make a donation to help maintain Missouri's 85 state parks and historic sites — making it easier and more convenient than ever to support Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of State Parks.

"For many years, people who wanted to donate to the state park system did not have an effective way to do it. With this new system, they can donate easily to the entire state park system no matter where in the world they are," explained Bill Bryan, state park director for the department.

People who access the new Web page (http://mostateparks.com/page/59584/donation-and-adoption-opportunities) can follow simple instructions to donate either online or by mail. People can make an online donation by using a credit card or by electronic check. Instructions are also available for people who want to make a donation through the mail by check or money order. Either way, they will receive a confirmation that can be used as record of their donation.

The state park system does not receive any general revenue and is funded primarily by half of the one-tenth of a cent parks, soils and water sales tax. Currently, it is estimated that the average Missourian pays $6 a year through the sales tax to support the state park system. "Paying $6 a year for the state park system seems like a bargain when you consider all that is available. Unfortunately, the sales tax revenue has not been keeping up with rising operational costs so these donations are very helpful," Bryan said.

Donations will help repair and maintain existing buildings such as visitor centers, lodges and historic structures. They will also provide new public facilities and services such as boardwalks, educational exhibits, upgraded campgrounds and interpretive programming.

"The citizens of Missouri have always been very supportive of their state park system. This new donation system is another way they can show their appreciation," Bryan said.

Supporters have been able to donate to the state park system at individual state parks and sites for many years.

For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, contact the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). Additional information is available at mostateparks.com.

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