After decades of underfunding, the National Park Service faces a deferred maintenance backlog estimated at $11.6 billion, of which approximately 47 percent is attributed to historic assets. Join us in asking your Senators to cosponsor and support the Restore Our Parks Act (S. 3172)—bipartisan legislation that will help address this backlog.
Historic and cultural sites in the National Park System are testaments to our citizens’ valor, our hardships, our victories, and our American traditions, and deferred maintenance in our national parks puts historic sites at risk of permanent damage or loss.
As policymakers consider proposals to invest in our nation’s infrastructure, Congress needs to hear from us about why we should invest in our national parks. Bipartisan legislation (S. 3172) introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME) is just such an investment.
A reliable, dedicated federal funding source to address the deferred maintenance backlog ensures that we preserve historic buildings, sites, and necessary infrastructure in safe condition, and that parks remain open and accessible so that the public can continue to learn from and experience the stories that tell our nation’s history. Our National Park System celebrates our historic and natural treasures, and we have a responsibility to ensure our parks are maintained and preserved so future generations can continue to enjoy and learn from them.
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