Because damage to some West Virginia state parks caused by natural disasters in 2012 had to be repaired, the park system is in dire financial straits, legislators were told last month. State senators reacted by approving a new allocation of $3.7 million for the parks.
That may get the system through the current fiscal year - but it may not be enough to ensure the parks receive adequate preventive maintenance for the future.
If park system officials need more money to accomplish that, they should ask for it - and lawmakers should oblige.
West Virginia's beautiful park system is an economic development tool bringing many out-of-state dollars here. The parks need to be kept in good shape.