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Analysis: If confirmed, Sams has a full plate of USNPS problems to contemplate

The National Park Service that awaits Charles F. "Chuck" Sams III, nominated to be agency director, needs some help.

It was just recovering from the 2019 government shutdown when the coronavirus pandemic hit, closing parks and historic sites and delaying action on a backlog of about $12 billion of repairs. Two years earlier, a federal survey had found more than a third of park service staff experienced sexual harassment monthly or more often. And the department has not had a Senate-confirmed director since January 2017.

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