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America’s National Parks: Upkeep Required

Episode 4

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America’s National Park System spans more than 400 sites and received more than 331 million visits in 2016. Supported by a complex infrastructure—including roads, sewer systems, buildings, restrooms, and trails—the park system is beginning its second century in need of rejuvenation. In this episode of “After the Fact,” host Dan LeDuc discusses the $11.9 billion backlog of park maintenance with Marcia Argust, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ campaign to restore America’s parks. He also speaks with Phil Francis, a retired Blue Ridge Parkway superintendent who spent 40 years with the National Park Service (NPS); and Bryan Atchley, the mayor of Sevierville, Tennessee, a gateway community to the Great Smoky Mountains. To listen and to learn more, visit pewtrusts.org/afterthefact. (Sounds of nature recorded by the NPS’ Jennifer Jerrett and Montana State University’s Acoustic Atlas.)

Related Pew Research

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Warner-Portman Bill Seeks to Fix Our National Parks

National Parks Deteriorating—It’s Time to Show Some Love

7 Popular National Park Sites Struggle With Deferred Maintenance

1,800 Call on Congress to Fix Our Parks

Why America's National Parks Need Help

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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