WASHINGTON – Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit of the National Park Service, made the following statement after passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which included the text of the National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022:
“The National Park Foundation is grateful to the United States Congress for its bipartisan support of the National Park Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2022. Passage of the Act will authorize an increase in the Foundation’s annual appropriation from $5 million to $15 million, extending the authorization through 2030 and building upon the tremendous work made possible through the National Park Service Centennial Act.
In addition, for fiscal year 2023, the Foundation will receive $10 million, which will be matched by a minimum of 1:1 in private donations. This means at least $20 million in impact in national park units across the country from federal investment paired with private donations in the coming year.
The passage of the bill would not have been possible without the leadership of Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) working in tandem with Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Steve Daines (R-MT), as well as all of the sponsors and cosponsors in the House of Representatives to get this across the finish line. Chairman Raul Grijalva and Ranking Member Bruce Westerman worked tirelessly to move this legislation in the House in record time, with a shared commitment to supporting America’s most treasured places.”
H.R. 7693 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 397-22 on July 19, 2022, and was sent to the Senate. The legislation has an identical companion bill led by Senators Portman, King, and Daines. Ultimately, the text of the legislation was included in H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, and now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.
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.