Federal Funding Delay Hurts National Park Visitors and Nearby Communities

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   March 2, 2010
Contact:   Kathleen O'Neil, NPCA Media Relations, 202.419.3717


Federal Funding Delay Hurts National Park Visitors and Nearby Communities

Statement by NPCA Deputy Vice-President of Government Affairs Laura Loomis

Critical road construction and repair projects throughout the National Park System have come to a halt, pending enactment of an extension bill (H.R. 4691/H.R. 4213), despite the fact that national parks may have record numbers of visitors again this year. According to the National Park Service, the parks need $644 million for roads and $36 million for bridges each year to bring them to acceptable condition.

Statement by Laura Loomis, National Parks Conservation Association Deputy Vice-President of Government Affairs:

“Every day wasted in Washington puts American jobs at risk. The longer this construction delay extends into the coming travel season, the worse the impact will be on local economies that depend on park travel and tourism.”

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