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Idaho Parks Will be Featured on Documentary

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December 5, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Idaho’s state parks offer different terrain and unique windows into the political and social development of the state and the West, say promoters of a new television special.

The Twins Falls Times-News reported that Outdoor Idaho will present “State of Our Parks,” on Dec. 8, on Idaho Public Television. The new hourlong special explores the history of the state parks movement in Idaho, reviews how state parks are faring in today’s economy, and examines their value to Idaho’s residents.

Among the 30 state park sites are Glade Creek, where the Corps of Discovery once camped; Old Mission of the Coeur d’Alenes, site of Idaho’s oldest standing building; Thousand Springs, a part of the Oregon Trail; the Land of the Yankee Fork and Harriman, with stories of mining and the railroad and cattle industries; and Farragut, a former World War II naval training base.

“In every park I visited — some for the first time — I was impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, and intrigued with how park managers have learned to do so much with so little,” Bruce Reichert, Outdoor Idaho executive producer, said in a press release. “Part of their success has involved a huge cadre of volunteers who love their state parks.”

Reichert, who along with John Crancer and Joan Cartan-Hansen produced segments of the show, said Idaho’s state parks “may be the best deal around, especially for families trying to make ends meet.”

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