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National Park Foundation Celebrates Passage of National Park Week Resolution in United States Senate

WASHINGTON – Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, issued the following statement upon adoption of S. Res. 117 which celebrates April 15 - April 23, 2017, as National Park Week:

“The National Park Foundation commends the United States Senate for adopting a bipartisan resolution to recognize National Park Week. We applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on National Parks Chairman Steve Daines and Ranking Member Mazie Hirono for their leadership in sponsoring S. Res. 117, and thank the resolution’s 34 bipartisan cosponsors for their support. In celebration of National Park Week, S. Res. 117 encourages all Americans to explore their national parks from April 15 – April 23, 2017. As we welcome the National Park Service’s next century, we applaud Chairman Daines and Ranking Member Hirono for their dedication to America’s special places, and appreciate their efforts to spread awareness about National Park Week through S. Res. 117. The National Park Foundation invites all Americans to take advantage of the countless programs and events taking place across the country during this special week, and to enjoy free entrance to all national parks on April 15, 16, 22, and 23.”

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at