Budget cuts and declining funds for national parks over the last several years have led to fewer rangers on duty, reductions in wildlife monitoring and other needed science, reduced maintenance capacity, and weakened resource management. These cutbacks threaten the health of our national parks. Without adequate funding and staff resources, parks such as the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are more vulnerable to threats of invasive species, less resilient against the impacts of climate change, and suffer habitat degradation from decreased restoration efforts.
This year we hope to increase funding for our National Park System. Please urge your senators and representatives to support a funding increase for national parks in Fiscal Year 2015.
On March 4, 2014, President Obama unveiled a proposed budget for the next fiscal year which would increase funding for national parks by $664 million as part of a new, multi-year Centennial Initiative to restore parks in time for the Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Most of this funding requires new legislation but a portion of it can be directed by Congress next month…with your help!
Please contact your senators and representative right now to let them know that you support restored funding for our national parks. Here in northwest Indiana, we are fortunate to have a national park in our backyard. The park is an invaluable resource and plays a significant role in our quality of life. However, it faces many threats and needs your support. Let’s preserve this wonderful resource for generations to come!