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Restore America's Parks

Pew’s work to restore America’s parks seeks to raise awareness about the $11.6 billion deferred maintenance backlog facing the National Park Service (NPS) and implement long-term solutions to address the challenge.

The initiative collaborates with national partner groups, as well as state and local organizations, to effect change with Congress, the administration, and the NPS. Pew believes policymakers should:

  • Ensure that infrastructure initiatives include provisions to address park maintenance.
  • Provide dedicated annual federal funding for national park repairs.
  • Enact innovative policy reforms to ensure that deferred maintenance does not escalate.
  • Provide more highway funding for NPS maintenance needs.
  • Create more opportunities for public-private collaboration and donations to help restore park infrastructure. 
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Pew Testifies in Support of Restore Our Parks Act

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Pew Testifies in Support of Restore Our Parks Act

Marcia Argust, director of Pew’s campaign to restore America’s national parks, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks on July 11. She spoke in support of the Restore Our Parks Act and explained how the bill could address up to $6.5 billion of the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion deferred maintenance backlog. Read her written testimony below.

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Calls Mount for Congress to Fix Our Parks

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The National Park Service serves a critical role as caretaker to an array of park sites that document our nation’s history and heritage and showcase America’s natural splendor. But many of these places are crumbling, eroding, and outdated, affecting visitors’ access and safety. The NPS’ nationwide backlog of repairs was estimated at $11.6 billion as of fiscal year 2017.   

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Do you know which U.S. president is the only one to have been a park ranger?

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Gerald Ford described his time as a seasonal ranger at Yellowstone National Park as "one of the greatest summers of my life." TWEET
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Job Potential in Restoring Our National Parks

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Our national parks are American treasures. They not only preserve significant historical sites and natural resources, but they also are economic engines for local communities and states. In 2016, the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS) drew record crowds: 331 million visits. These visitors spent more than $18 billion in communities adjacent to parks, which in turn supported 318,150 jobs and nearly $35 billion in national economic output.

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National Park Case Studies

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The National Park Service needs almost $12 billion to eliminate its backlog of deferred maintenance. The Pew Charitable Trusts' campaign to restore America's parks has created a series of case studies highlighting examples of repairs needed at our nation's treasures.

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Serve the County, Save the Parks

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Serve the County, Save the Parks

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Show Our National Parks Some Love

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For hundreds of years, Valentine’s Day has been a time to show people you care about how much you love them. This year, let’s extend that sentiment to our national parks by encouraging Congress to provide funding to restore those treasured natural, cultural, and historic sites and address their overdue repairs.