Senators Kaine; Warner push for funding for National Parks

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) Mostly everyone in Southwest Virginia has used the Blue Ridge Parkway.

It's unique to the area, but because of cuts in federal funding there have been challenges to maintain the park.

Which is why political leaders are asking for money to be released to help pay for maintenance for national parks including the Blue Ridge Parkway.

If you travel along the parkway, you can easily see picturesque views you won't find anywhere else, but views are getting block.

"The views have become overgrown in many cases,"  Susan Mills, the Executive Director of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway said.

Mills said sometimes the overlooks can get crowded with limbs and they have to be maintained --- sometimes  it's done by volunteers.

"Maintaining some of these views that do not require heavy equipment," she said.

Scott Ramsburg is the Information Manager for Roanoke County Parks and Recreation and Tourism.