Better National Park funding ahead

In announcing his 2015 budget on Tuesday, a budget that must be approved by Congress, President Barack Obama proposed a $400 million, three-year Centennial Initiative for when the National Park Service turns 100 in 2016. According to the Associated Press breakout, the federal government would provide $300 million and the private sector $100 million in each of the next three years to fund much needed restoration projects and improvements to park facilities.

“Appropriate higher levels of funding to address the infrastructure backlog at our national parks and other public lands are the best way to have a meaningful celebration of the National Park Service Centennial,” said Friends of Acadia president David MacDonald. “The American public and our international guests want to see these gems in excellent condition with all facilities in good repair.”

The total proposed appropriation in 2015 for national parks is $664 million.

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Anne Kozak

Contributer at Mount Desert Islander
Anne teaches writing at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.