|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||February 15, 2007|
|Contact:||Andrea Keller Helsel, NPCA, 202-454-3332|
Congressional Funding Resolution for 2007 a Winner for National Parks
WASHINGTON – The nation’s leading park advocacy group, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today praised Congress’ passage of the Revised Continuing Resolution for 2007, which passed the U.S. Senate last night and the House earlier this month.
"In passing the Revised Continuing Resolution for 2007, Congress went the extra mile to address the needs of the national parks and other public lands, and we’re very grateful," said NPCA President Tom Kiernan. "Their emphasis on meeting basic operating needs will help the National Park Service makes ends meet this year, serve the public, and protect natural and cultural resources more effectively than would otherwise have been the case."
The fiscal year 2007 appropriation provides $67 million more for the National Park Service’s major accounts than was enacted for fiscal year 2006, including $50-million more for operations and $17 million more for land acquisition and state assistance. The bill also restores the Park Service’s construction account to 2006 levels.
"This budget demonstrates the kind of commitment Congress can build upon as it begins considering the budget request for 2008. A combination of strong funding in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 will be a significant step toward restoring our national treasures and providing visitors the unforgettable experiences our parks are known for. Taking care of America’s national parks should be a national priority," Kiernan added.
NPCA has raised concerns that America’s national parks face enormous challenges, including an operating shortfall in excess of $800 million annually and a multi-billion dollar maintenance backlog. The Administration’s fiscal year 2008 budget requests a significant increase for national park operations.