Costa Rican Park Land

— In the first of a three part series, NPR's John Burnett reports that Costa Rica's worldwide reputation for preserving animal and plant species is being undermined by financial troubles. The country is about the size of West Virginia and has set aside 11 percent of its territory for national parks. The conservation parks generate millions of dollars from eco-tourism, but the government needs that money to pay for other projects. The park land is not completely paid for... about a fifth of the land is still owned by private landowners who can legally cut down the trees in their forest.



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