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Volunteers allege hostile work environment at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP

Volunteers who have donated thousands of hours of their time to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park have been walking off the job in response to what they describe as a hostile and unsafe work environment that the National Park Service has done little to fix.

The park, a 184.5-mile sliver of land that runs along the Potomac River from Georgetown to Cumberland, Md., has one of the largest volunteer programs in the national park system with more than 3,400 people clocking in nearly 65,000 hours of service last year. That labor, had it been by paid staff, would have cost taxpayers about $1.6 million, according to the Park Service.

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