Why We Need to Fix Our Parks, 2020

National Park Service sites have almost $13.1 billion in deferred maintenance

Why We Need to Fix Our Parks, 2020

This page was amended on Feb. 23, 2021, to reflect an updated infographic.

The Backlog Challenge

The National Park Service (NPS) is over 100 years old, and the infrastructure and facilities at the more than 400 sites it manages nationwide are aging. Add wear and tear from visitors and inconsistent annual funding, and the park service can’t keep pace with needed repairs. NPS’ maintenance backlog has grown to an estimated $13.1 billion, and more than half of that is for highest-priority assets.

Why We Need to Fix Our Parks: State Fact Sheets

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Oregon: Why We Need to Fix Our Parks, 2020

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National Park Service sites in Oregon have more than $173.9 million in deferred maintenance.