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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

National Parks: Fixing What's Broken

Above, a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Bipartisanship is a rare commodity these days, but a bipartisan solution to the $11 billion backlog of national park maintenance projects has been reached (all that's left is to pass a bill and have the President sign it) in Congress.

The Hill has posted a bipartisan article by two members of Congress, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, on solving the national park backlog.

It begins with:
Bipartisanship is hard to come by in Washington on any given day, but it’s especially scarce during an election year. Yet on one issue, reducing the maintenance backlog for the National Parks Service (NPS), a bipartisan consensus has emerged, intent on solving this problem. This is encouraging news that will help improve access and enjoyment of our national parks for millions of Americans. 
When Americans think of infrastructure, they think about the network of roads, highways and bridges that millions of people use every day to get to work, take their kids to school, and simply live. However, there’s more to the story. Americans don’t usually think about infrastructure in terms of America’s treasured national parks - but they should.

Underlying the beauty and serenity of our nation’s landscapes, a critical infrastructure network allows people from across the country and the world access to enjoy America’s national parks. But this infrastructure has been deteriorating over the years to a point where there now is an over $11 billion maintenance backlog for the NPS.

To read more, go here.

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