NPCA to rally support for converting Mount St. Helens Volcanic NMon to NP

SEATTLE - Friday is the 32nd anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. The area is now a national monument, but people are gathering there that day to make a case for turning it into a national park.

The added prestige of park designation would mean more visitors, which boosts the local economy, and also more stable funding for conservation and upkeep, according to the National Parks Conservation Association. Sean Smith, NPCA Northwest regional director, says that's because the National Park Service is funded differently than is the Forest Service, which manages Mount St. Helens now.

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