From the AP:
Leaders of the National Park Service will gather next month at a private resort in the Utah mountains for a summit meeting that some career officials say feels more like a $1 million exercise in political promotion.
The national meeting, set for July 16-17 at Snowbird, Utah, will bring together more than 400 park superintendents and other top Park Service officials to hear from Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, Park Service Director Mary Bomar, Utah Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman and others.
Some of those attending the conference question the value of a meeting with political leaders who won't be around in just a few short months, when the Bush administration ends. They also say the timing is bad, coming in the month when many parks are having their busiest period of the year.
And they say the cost _ estimated at $1 million or more for travel, rooms and meals _ is an unnecessary burden for their budgets, already taxed by a backlog of unfunded maintenance.