Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tell Congress: Re-open National Parks and Properly Fund Them!

Congress has failed to fulfill its responsibility to fund the federal government, which has now closed for business. 

Many of our national parks are closed as well. However, the Department of the Interior has decided to keep some parks open, but with closed facilities, no services and without the necessary staff to safely operate the parks. Leaving park gates open with little to no staff compromises visitor safety and jeopardizes park resources.

National parks -- and visitors -- cannot be adequately protected without the expertise of the National Park Service. 

- Theresa Pierno, President and CEO
National Parks Conservation Association 

To send the following message, click the link above. 

(Consider personalizing it for even more impact.) 


Re-open National Parks and Fund Them Adequately
Dear [Decision Maker],
  • US Senator Jeff L. Flake
  • US Senator John McCain III
  • US Representative Martha E. McSally

Along with all 1.3 million members and supporters of the National Parks Conservation Association, I want you to end the government shutdown immediately and fund the federal government -- including our national parks and all who work in them.

Congress should not allow our national parks to be the victims of a failed budget process, especially when parks are so important to millions of Americans like me and do so much to benefit many local economies. Congress must work to keep national parks open and help parks recover from years of underfunding which has resulted in too few staff, constraints in protecting wildlife and serving visitors, and an $11 billion maintenance backlog.

I urge you to work with your colleagues to end the shutdown so our national parks can once again serve visitors and local economies. And as you finalize a spending plan for FY18, I urge you to increase the currently insufficient funding for the National Park Service.

Thank you.

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