Parks: Mott Out, Fund Raisers In

Mott Out, Fund Raisers In

In four years as director of the National Park Service, William Mott fought the Reagan Administration's reluctance to expand the system and spend enough to preserve existing sites against an ever rising tide of visitors. "Professionals in the field loved him, but the politicians often ignored him," observes Paul Pritchard, head of the National Parks and Conservation Association. Mott's long career as a respected outdoorsman and conservationist will end soon with his dismissal by Manuel Lujan, the new Secretary of Interior. Mott, 79, said last December that he wanted to keep his job.

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