Earlier this week, the Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for the fiscal year 2023.
According to a National Park Service press release, the President’s Budget outlines the administration’s plan to expand on the historic progress the country has made over the last year and delivers the plan that he laid out in the State of the Union address–to build a better America, reduce the deficit, reduce costs for families, and grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out.
The Budget includes $3.6 billion in funding for the National Park Service Fiscal Year 2023, an increase of $492.2 million compared to an FY 2022 continuing resolution.
It focuses on equity and inclusion, climate science and resiliency, infrastructure needs such as improvement in bandwidth, and the need to address deferred maintenance. In addition, restoring or increasing park capacity is consistent across these programs.
The Budget is a crucial investment for the American people to create a better foundation for shared growth and prosperity for the generations to come.
The 2023 budget demonstrates a commitment from the Biden-Harris Administration to address critical issues of our time,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.
“The National Park Service plays an important role in connecting Americans to our interwoven history, culture, and environment. This funding is essential to help us continue to improve vital infrastructure, increase equity and inclusion, and tackle the climate crisis.”
The National Park Service maintains and preserves 423 national parks, 23 national scenic and historical trails, and 64 scenic and wild rivers.
These places of historical and natural significance provided an opportunity for inspiration and recreation for almost 300 million visitors last year.
They are also economic engines for nearby communities where $14.5 billion worth of revenue created 234,000 jobs, generating $9.7 billion in labor income, $16.7 billion in economic value added, and $28.6 billion in economic output.
In addition, numerous National Park Service programs offer technical and financial assistance to communities and partners that help with conservation, education, and preservation efforts outside of national park boundaries.