WASHINGTON – Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit of the National Park Service, made the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 7693, the National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022 in the House of Representatives:
“The National Park Foundation applauds the House of Representatives for its strong bipartisan vote in support of the National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022. This Act builds upon the National Park Service Centennial Act by both increasing the authorization level for the Foundation’s existing annual appropriation from $5 million to $15 million and extending the authorization through 2030.
The Foundation also commends Reps. Raul Grijalva (AZ-03) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) for introducing the legislation and the over 50 bipartisan cosponsors for their shared commitment to our National Parks. This legislation truly puts winds in the sails of the Foundation’s efforts to continue to connect all visitors to parks while ensuring they are protected for future generations.”
The National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022 would leverage additional federal funding through the power of private philanthropy to match and more than double this critically important investment, adding to the tens of millions of private, philanthropic dollars the National Park Foundation and a growing community of park partners invest in America’s national parks each year.
Since first receiving funding from the program in fiscal year (FY) 2018, the National Park Foundation has received approximately $23 million in federal appropriations funds. To date, over 100 projects in parks around the country have been completed, with numerous projects worth millions of dollars in the pipeline.
About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. We do it in collaboration with the National Park Service, the park partner community, and with the generous support of donors, without whom our work would not be possible. Learn more at nationalparks.org.