Budget cuts in recent years have left the National Park Service (NPS) with an $11.5 billion deferred maintenance backlog. And “this amount grows annually at a far greater rate than the service is able to pay down,” NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis told the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.
You can watch or read the testimony the committee took on NPS' maintenance backlog at www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?ID....
In FY 12, NPS' budget for maintenance totaled only $444 million. It needs $700 million just to keep the backlog from growing, Jarvis testified.
It needs $3.3 billion, for instance, just to fix roads, Jarvis stated.
Jarvis mentioned several ways to increase revenue without adding to the federal deficit, such as increasing the price of the annual park pass. Some states charge more money for annual passes than NPS does.
He also suggested raising funds through donors and matching grant programs. It worked for funding repairs caused by an earthquake to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC.