Protect Our Parks: Cosponsor the National Park Centennial Act

National parks around the country are struggling to protect the historic, cultural, and natural resources in their care. Deteriorating buildings, eroding archaeological sites, and increasing environmental degradation are all too common. The Park Service needs more funding to preserve our country's rich natural heritage. In addition, park staff struggle to fulfill the interpretive, educational, and safety needs of park visitors.

Fortunately, a bipartisan group of representatives led by Mark Souder (R-IN) and Brian Baird (D-WA) have just introduced the National Park Centennial Act. This bill, looking towards the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in 2016, would create the National Park Centennial Fund, a dedicated funding source that would help get national parks the funds they need to eliminate the maintenance backlog and support critical natural and cultural resource protection needs. The bill will better enable the National Park Service to protect the natural and cultural resources the parks were created to preserve.

Take action today! Sign this petition to send a letter to your representative and urge him or her to cosponsor the National Park Centennial Act. Urge your representative to call Reps. Mark Souder (R-IN) or Brian Baird (D-WA) and sign on as a cosponsor of the Centennial Act and to recruit their colleagues to do the same.


Please check to see if your representative is already a cosponsor, and if they are, you can thank them for their work to protect the parks in your personal comments.
Dear Representative,

As you know, our national parks desperately need the added protection that would come with sufficient funding. From historic buildings, including one of the nation's last 19th-century hospitals on Ellis Island, to ancient artifacts and fossils in Petrified Forest National Park, to the rare wildlife and plants found throughout the system, our national parks are in need of help. I have just learned about legislation that would provide that help, and I urge you to become a cosponsor of this important bill.

National Parks need our help: [Your personal comments]

The National Park Centennial Act, recently introduced by a bipartisan group of representatives, led by Mark Souder (R-IN) and Brian Baird (D-WA), would provide essential resources to the Park Service that would enable it to fulfill its mission to protect our nation's natural and cultural resources. The bill, looking to the 100th anniversary of the National Park System in 2016, would create the National Park Centennial Fund, a dedicated funding source that would help get national parks the funds they need to eliminate the maintenance backlog and support critical natural and cultural resource protection needs. Most important, it would return the luster to our national parks by the centennial of the National Park System in 2016.

I urge you to tell Representatives Souder and Baird that you want to help them pass this legislation to protect our nations natural heritage and cultural legacy. Please cosponsor this bill and encourage your colleagues to do the same in order to protect our country's most cherished places.

Sincerely,

[Your name]
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