Help Our Economy by Helping National Parks

Right now, the National Park Service has more than $1 billion worth of ready-to-go projects in national parks across the country, including Acadia, Death Valley, Glacier and the Great Smoky Mountains. Investing in our national parks will help our economy, and create more than 57,000 jobs.

Proposed projects will repair worn trails and bridges, control invasive species, "green" park facilities such as visitor centers and launch clean energy programs. And, over the next two years there will be $2.5 billion worth of job-creating projects in our national parks.

Best of all, studies show that every $1 spent on national parks returns $4 to the economy.

Let's start creating jobs and restore our national treasures! Urge your lawmakers in Congress to include national parks in their economic recovery legislation.
Dear [Decision Maker]:

I urge you to take a unique approach to economic stimulus by investing in our own national parks. More than 57,000 jobs will be created through projects necessary for the parks' preservation. And research shows that every federal dollar invested in national parks generates at least four dollars economic value to the public.

During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corp planted billions of trees, controlled soil erosion, constructed fire lookouts and built trails - many of which still endure today.

Reinvesting in the infrastructure of our national parks and national park gateway communities, as was done in the 1930s, creates jobs that stimulate economic activity in communities of all sizes.

With tough economic times again at our door, our national parks stand ready to play a major role in our 21st century recovery. The National Park Service has approximately $2.5 billion worth of ready-to-go projects over the next 18-months to 2 years, such as repairing trails, historic sites, roads, bridges and docks. Now is the time to fund these projects and help get our economy going.

Our national parks serve important functions such as preserving our cultural and natural landscapes, bringing to life our history and providing us with accessible green spaces that are vital to our quality of life. It makes sense to add to this list by letting our parks boost the economies of their local communities.

By investing in parks, the millions of us who visit these places every day will see and enjoy the fruits of our collective labor and monitor the expenditures laid out to improve them. Investing in parks will leave something lasting and important behind for our children and grandchildren to enjoy for generations.

[Your Comments]

As Congress and the new administration develop an economic stimulus package, it is important to note that investing in our national parks will provide some much needed help for our economy. Please include national parks in your economic recovery legislation.
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