National Parks May Receive More Funding for 100th Birthday

National Parks May Receive More Funding for 100th Birthday

Fans of Wyoming's national parks are watching carefully as Congress puts President Obama's budget under the microscope this month.

According to the Wyoming News Service, the president is proposing an increase of 55-million dollars in the National Park Service budget for 2015, including ten-million dollars as a "Centennial Initiative" to prepare the parks for the agency's 100th anniversary celebration in 2016.

John Garder is with the National Parks Conservation Association. He says it's a promising start after the years of budget-trimming that have taken a toll on park maintenance and staffing.

Yellowstone National Park is Wyoming's biggest tourist draw, according to the news service, followed by Grand Teton National Park. Devils Tower National Monument would also see a boost in funding.

Garder says additional park funding is much needed, for a system that has put off about 12-billion dollars of maintenance in recent years. From historic resources to water and sewer systems, visitor centers, roads and trails, he says many are in disrepair.

Again, that was John Garder, with the National Parks Conservation Association.

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