As outdoor recreation on our public lands continues to grow in popularity, maintenance funding has not kept up. Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate aims to address the nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog in the national parks system. Similar legislation in the House addresses the maintenance backlog in our parks and other federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and US Fish and Wildlife.
Please fill out the form below to urge your member of congress to support funding for maintenance needs on our public lands by the end of the year.
Two bipartisan bills critical to the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy were recently introduced in the House (H.R. 6510, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act) and Senate (S. 3172, the Restore Our Parks Act) and I hope you will consider supporting this legislation.
As you know, the growing $16 billion deferred maintenance, increased visitation and lack of sufficient appropriations have affected recreation and the local communities that rely on recreation visitors. More than $1 billion of the $11.6 billion backlog in our National Parks is on recreation assets such as trails, campgrounds and marinas. When Americans and international visitors come to our parks, they should be awed by the iconic natural beauty of the great outdoors, and not disappointed with the recreation infrastructure that supports runners, hikers, bikers, climbers, anglers, campers, boaters and more.
These bipartisan bills are supported by the administration and offer a thoughtful solution to this growing problem that without swift action will continue to have a negative impact on our nation’s iconic recreation assets and the 142 million Americans who enjoy them each year. As a constituent I hope you will support this legislation and continued funding for America’s Best Idea.
Thank you very much for your time and attention to this issue.