National Park maintenance bill gaining momentum

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Source: The Bismarck Tribune
By Jessica Holdman
November 4, 2018

The National Park System spent more than $650 million on maintenance projects in Fiscal Year 2017, but the backlog, since 2010, still stands from $11 billion to $12 billion. The latest numbers reveal $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance in parks nationwide.

But urgency is mounting to pass legislation that could give the nation’s parks another source of money.

The Senate’s Restore Our Parks Act and accompanying House legislation would establish the five-year National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund, starting in Fiscal Year 2019, using unappropriated revenues from energy development on federal lands. Annual revenue to the fund would be capped at $1.3 billion.

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