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NPS asks for money for its second century

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While the National Park Service (NPS) seeks funds to celebrate its 2016 centennial, it also needs money to plan for the next century. So testified NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies.

Jarvis presented justification for NPS' proposed FY 15 budget at a hearing conducted on Thursday, April 3. You can find his testimony at http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP06/20140403/102014/HHRG-113-AP06-Bio....

The administration has requested about $3.6 billion for FY 15 for NPS, an increase of $55.1 million over the enacted FY 14 level. Of the increase, $38.5 million would go for programming and $16.5 million for fixed costs. The budget includes $1 billion in mandatory spending.

NPS priorities include slight increases is funding for deferred maintenance, public/private partnerships and grants to states for land acquisition. On the other hand, NPS proposes slight cuts in funding for heritage partnership programs and land acquisition.

The administration wants $40 million to plan for its second 100 years, including $30 million for operations ($4 million of which would be earmarked for the 21st Century Conservation Corps youth work opportunities and $2 million for volunteer opportunities for youth). Another $8 million would go to enhance visitor services and $16 million for improving facilities such as visitor centers, trails and historic structures.

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