The National Park Service (NPS) manages more than 400 national park units—iconic landscapes, historic and cultural sites, trails, military battlegrounds, monuments, and memorials—throughout the country. As a result of aging facilities, strain on resources caused by increased visitation at many park units, and inconsistent annual funding, NPS has been unable to keep pace with park repairs. Based on 2017 data, the agency estimates it would cost $11.6 billion to address its maintenance backlog. New bi-partisan federal legislation to address deferred maintenance in our National Parks has been introduced in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. The Senate bill is called “Restore Our Parks Act” (S. 3172) and the House bill is called “Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act” (H.R. 6510).
To read about the specifics of the bills, check out the factsheets:
Contact your Congressperson!
The bills are supported by the Washington Trails Association (WTA), the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Wildlife Federation — among others — and the Washington Trust has also now officially endorsed the legislation. Now, we are asking YOU to contact your Congressional representatives to sign onto these bills to help protect the natural and cultural resources on public lands!
A big thank you from the Washington Trust to Congressmen Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and Dave Reichert (WA-8) for being original cosponsors of the House bill, and to Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9) for signing on as a cosponsor as well! If you live in one of their districts please send them your own personal thanks!
Use the links below to contact our senators and find contact info for your representative so they can add their voices to this important issue: