Teddy Bear News
January 2009 Update for National Parks
Author: teddygirl | Friday February 13, 2009
The following is from the National Parks Conservation Association, an organization is protecting parks for future generations.
NPCA believes that reinvesting in our national parks can put Americans to work in difficult economic times and restore the parks for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
As the new Congress convenes in January, the economic stimulus package will be a top priority. NPCA has suggested that the package include projects in our national parks, which would create meaningful jobs while restoring our national treasures.
The National Park Service has hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of employment-producing projects that are ready to go, if they receive the needed funding. These include road construction and maintenance, trail repair, facility refurbishment, abandoned mine restoration, energy conservation measures, and other job-producing endeavors that will also help restore our national parks.
A recent study commissioned by NPCA also found that every federal dollar invested in national parks generates at least four dollars in direct economic benefit to state and local economies.
NPCA was the only national conservation organization invited to testify about the stimulus before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in December. In January, NPCA will continue our work on Capitol Hill to bring these ready-to-go projects to the attention of members of Congress. Our hope is that the final economic stimulus bill will include this essential funding for national parks.
For more information, visit National Parks Conservation Associations website.