THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND ON THE STATE OF NATIONAL PARKS DURING A CONTINUING RESOLUTION

January 25, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, today issued the following statement regarding the state of our national parks during a three-week continuing resolution:

“Our treasured national parks must be fully staffed and funded, not just for the next three weeks, but every week of the year. Reopening the government for the full year is the right next step that Congress and the President must take to protect our parks. I’m grateful that federal employees, including the incredible professionals of our National Park Service, will receive the back pay they so deserve. We now need an immediate, comprehensive assessment of the damages our parks suffered during the shutdown and urge Congress to provide supplemental funding to the National Park Service to cover the costs of cleanup and repair at every affected unit. We are hopeful that Congress and the President will find a permanent solution, but if the government funding lapses again, we encourage leaders to either close the parks or fully fund the Department of Interior to avoid any continued damage to our parks and unsafe situations for visitors.”