The National Park Service (NPS) recently released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2007, showing a funding increase of $23.4 million from 2006.
According to a press release, the Bush Administration has proposed a 2007 budget request of $2.2 billion, which includes $1.7 billion for National Park Service operations.
“This request combines fiscal prudence with innovative management approaches and business practices to increase funding for some critical programs such as visitor services and safety, as well as strengthen our natural and cultural resource stewardship programs,” said NPS Director Fran Mainella.
The park service said the funding level of $1.7 billion for park operations represents an increase of $20.6 million over the 2006 level enacted by Congress.
“These increases will improve park interpretive ranger programs, visitor center staffing, and daily maintenance activities,” the release stated. “The budget request increases are also targeting enhancements to visitor health and safety programs, along with underscoring law enforcement and park police activities.”
The request also includes total funding of $393.5 million for facility maintenance and $229.3 million for facility construction.
In addition, the park service said it is “transfoming its approach to its asset management program,” focusing on the development of a comprehensive inventory and condition assessment on its nearly 18,000 buildings and 15,000 miles of roads.
NPS said “the condition assessments will follow known industry standards” and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2006.