Urges Congress, President-Elect To Protect Parks
Statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association:
“National parks represent who we are as a nation, from iconic landscapes to important history and culture. And we must all come together to ensure they are protected, just as we’ve done for the last century. That means tackling head-on the many challenges that currently face our parks. Places like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Ellis Island are in desperate need of repairs, and we implore the House and Senate to work together in the coming weeks to better fund them in the next spending bill, to pass the Centennial Challenge legislation that benefits parks and ensure important pieces of our nation’s history like Ocmulgee and Petersburg are protected.
“The President-elect has spoken often about the need to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. With $12 billion in needed repairs, our national parks are a perfect place to focus these efforts. For too long, our national parks have been subject to efforts by officials to weaken or eliminate the very protections our parks depend on. It is critical for them to resist these pressures. We cannot betray one of the very things that unites America: our national parks.”
About National Parks Conservation Association
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than one million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.
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