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Will the fall syrup-making celebration at a state historic site now be brought to you by Aunt Jemima? Or a waterfall in a state park be supported by Coke?

Such partnerships could be possible as Georgia’s state parks division scrambles to keep parks open and educational programs thriving.

Leaders at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have had almost a year to come up with creative ways to save money or increase revenue since the state parks budget was cut by almost 40 percent. Additional minor cuts are expected in fiscal 2011, but not on the scale that required last year’s layoffs and reduced park hours, Commissioner Chris Clark said.

Among the state’s new strategies, Clark said, are corporate sponsorships of park programs or features; creating a nonprofit agency to apply for educational grants to be used at parks; adding new camp sites and cottages at popular parks; and better marketing and access to state-run properties such as fish hatcheries and wildlife management areas.
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