Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Goal: Preserve America’s most important ecological and historical sites by restoring funding to the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) protects America’s most important ecological and historical sites and also provides programs, facilities and educational materials for the more than 275 million people who visit national parks each year. Unfortunately, federal funding cuts have left the NPS with an annual operations shortfall of half-a-billion dollars. This leaves important land unprotected, facilities in disrepair, and forces the closure of parks, campgrounds, and picnic areas. NPS funds also go to buy up private land next to and inside parks to preserve the ecological integrity of the area, however, that practice will most likely be halted as well due to the budget cuts.
In President Obama’s budget, he laid out the Centennial Initiative, which increase funding to the NPS by $664 million to help restore parks and prepare them for the 100th anniversary of the NPS in 2016. This money would close the NPS’s funding gap, put park rangers back on the job, and reopen parks. Not only is the money invested in the NPS well spent because of the important ecological and historical sites it preserves, but also because national parks bolster local economies. National Parks support roughly 125,000 private-sector jobs and each dollar spent on national parks produces $10 of economic activity.
Sign this petition to tell Congress to back the President’s Centennial Initiative to preserve this important part of America’s heritage and help protect our environment for generations to come.
Dear Mr. Boehner and Mr. Reid,
I urge you to back President Obama’s Centennial Initiative, which would increase funding to the National Park Service by $664 million, shoring up the agency’s budget deficit and preparing our national parks for the park service’s centennial in 2016.
The National Park Service protects America’s most important ecological and historical sites and also provides programs, facilities and educational materials for the more than 275 million people who visit national parks each year. The Centennial Initiative is also a wise investment because National Parks support nearly 125,000 private-sector jobs and $27 billion in economic activity each year. That means for every dollar invested in the National Parks Service, $10 in economic activity is generated.
When it comes to America’s budget, you should focus on finding savings in the programs that actually have a large impact on the budget, unlike the National Park Service, which only accounts for 0.06% of the national budget. Please join President Obama in supporting the Centennial Initiative.
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