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Congress: Aid the Park Service in managing historic and cultural resources.

The National Park Service (NPS) is one of America’s greatest storytellers. It is mandated by law to protect our country’s historical and cultural resources for future generations. NPS rangers work tirelessly to bring history to life, creating unforgettable experiences for visitors to hundreds of national park sites dedicated to history across the country.

NPS manages over 26,000 historic structures, and Park Service archivists are responsible for nearly 185 million historic artifacts and objects. However, due to Congress' inadequate budgets, NPS has consistently prioritized natural resources management over cultural resources management. 

Decades of low funding have left Park Service staff without the resources they need to protect sites of cultural and historic significance from climate change. New funding would allow park staff to digitize archives and help park professionals better track the system’s historic objects.

Urge Congress to support H.R. 7936, Representative Paul Tonko’s legislation to provide $250 million for long-underfunded cultural resources and history programs at America’s national parks. We must ensure America’s national parks and the people who work so hard to protect them are prepared against climate change.


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