President Trump’s infrastructure plan lays out the ability to give our national parks an upgrade. This could produce bipartisan legislation that this administration and arguably the country needs. Senator Lamar Alexander and several others have released a statement saying that:
“We agree that we have a responsibility to address the growing maintenance backlog in our national parks – which includes roads, buildings, campgrounds, trails, water systems and more. This is an issue Congress has been focused on for many years, and working with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, we will introduce bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives and the Senate in the coming weeks to help restore and rebuild our national parks for the next generation of visitors.”
This could be great news for our state. Tourism around the Great Smoky Mountains is the largest of any national park. Although tourism took a hit after the wildfires broke out, we have seen an economic recovery in the area.
This money could help restore our national park and secure the future of residents who live in the area who rely on the park’s tourism for the economic stability.
Source: Press Release