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Interior Department claims major investment in U.S. parks
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Interior Department claims major investment in U.S. parks

June 11, 2018 Russ De Maris


By Russ and Tiña De Maris
In a “good news, bad news” scenario, the U.S. Interior Department says America’s national parks are looking at a $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance and repairs. The good news? The agency has approved spending to take care of 2.2 percent of the need.
Under the banner headline, “Trump Administration Announces $256 Million in Construction Projects Approved for National Parks”, a news release from the Interior Department touts “repairs and rehabilitation for aging National Park Service Infrastructure.” “Roads, bridges, trails, water systems and visitor centers—even bathrooms, campgrounds and drinking fountains—are all part of this critical, but often unnoticed, infrastructure framework. In 2017, 330 million people visited the 417 NPS sites across the country. The NPS completed over $650 million in maintenance and repair work in Fiscal Year 2017, but aging facilities, high visitation, and resource constraints have kept the maintenance backlog between $11 billion and $12 billion since 2010.”
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Will any of your favorite parks be part of this massive effort? Here’s the complete list (in alphabetical order) of who gets what money, and what for.
Cape Cod National Seashore – Upgrade Visitor Access at Herring Cove Beach. – Mass. – $5.4 million
Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Replace Old/Failing Primary Electrical Distribution Infrastructure. – N.M. – $3.4 million
Channel Islands National Park – Replace Anacapa Stiff-Leg Derrick Crane with Two-Crane System. – Calif. – $3.9 million
Death Valley National Park – Restore Flood-Damaged Historic Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center. – Calif. – $5.3 million
Fort Point National Historic Site – Repair Leaks in North Barbette Tier and Repoint Brick Masonry at Fort Point. – Calif.– $5.9 million
George Washington Memorial Parkway – Repair Arlington Memorial Bridge. – D.C. – $18.2 million
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve – Construct Electrical Intertie to Falls Creek Hydro Project – Renewable Energy & Sustainability. – Ark. – $7.5 million
Glacier National Park – Rebuild/Reconstruct Sperry Chalet. – Mont. – $12 million
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – North Shore Road Monetary Settlement. – N.C. – $35.2 million
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Rehabilitate Elkmont Waste Water System. – Tenn. – $2.5 million
Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Replace Water Intake Barge with Shoreline Wells at Katherine Landing to Ensure Reliable Water Supply. – Ariz. – $1.9 million
Lowell National Historical Park – Replace Unsafe and Inefficient Windows of Boott Mill Museum. – Mass. – $4.1 million
Mammoth Cave National Park – Reconstruct Unsafe Cave Trail Along Grand Avenue Tour Between Snowball and Grand Central. – Ky. – $13.8 million
Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Replace Plaza Paver System and Rehabilitate Visitor Center. – S.D. – $8.9 million
National Capital Regional Office – Rehabilitate National Mall and Memorial Parks, US Park Police, and Regional Office Campus. – D.C. – $11.8 million
National Mall and Memorial Parks – Restore Jefferson Roof and Portico. – D.C. – $21.3 million
Old Santa Fe Trail Building – Rehab Building for Seismic, Rehab Exterior Envelope and Historic Elements. – N.M. – $2.8 million
Statue Of Liberty National Monument – Stabilize Ellis Island Seawall – Phase III. – N.Y. – $33 million
Valley Forge National Historical Park – Rehabilitate Visitor Center for Access, Safety, and Energy Efficiency. – Pa. – $10 million
Vicksburg National Military Park – Stabilize Railroad Redoubt Earthworks. – Miss. – $5.9 million
Yellowstone National Park – Rehab and Seismic Retrofit of Mammoth Hotel Guest Room Wings. – Wyo. – $21.2 million
Yosemite National Park – Rehabilitate Wawona Wastewater Treatment Plant. – Calif. – $21.5 million
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With 330 million visitors where did all that money go? Somebody got 'em a fat wallet.
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Retirement funds...
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<No comment about truth through history will be provided in reply to this thread by me. Due to the fact that it would involve the mentioning of a word about a place occupied by elected representatives that a "few" members will be falsely offended and deem it "political"> WOOHOO !!! BACK TO CAMPING !! SMH !! LOL
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(06-14-2018, 07:48 AM)American Nomad Patriot Wrote: <No comment about truth through history will be provided in reply to this thread by me. Due to the fact that it would involve the mentioning of a word about a place occupied by elected representatives that a "few" members will be falsely offended and deem it "political">  WOOHOO !!! BACK TO CAMPING !!  SMH !!  LOL

Thank you BCGuy for the information !!
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(06-13-2018, 03:17 PM)BCGuy Wrote: Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Replace Plaza Paver System and Rehabilitate Visitor Center. – S.D. – $8.9 million

They just built this after they tore down the super historic, and cool visitor center, you know, the one in North  by Northwest. To build a stupid, thoughtless (and now, obviously shoddy) new one.

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(06-14-2018, 08:01 AM)MN C Van Wrote:
(06-13-2018, 03:17 PM)BCGuy Wrote: Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Replace Plaza Paver System and Rehabilitate Visitor Center. – S.D. – $8.9 million

They just built this after they tore down the super historic, and cool visitor center, you know, the one in North  by Northwest. To build a stupid, thoughtless (and now, obviously shoddy) new one.

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They don't make anything like they used to it seems.
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a vast majority of the money goes to administrative cost and union wages and bennys,end up with 1 million dollar porta potty in the middle of the woods

mt.rushmore is about the biggest waste of time and money there is,you'll never be more disappointed as the first time you see it
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Why do people object to paying a honest wage?  That is why there are so many full time dwellers. This is also why I was forced into van life in the first place. 

If you have a problem with how the tax dollars are spent, I am the wrong person to complain to. Call, write, or text your representative.  

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I think we are all well aware of the waste of money when it comes to the government.
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