Experts: Pending funding bill will help with NP maintenance backlog, but much more money needed

Passage by the House of Representatives of the Great American Outdoors Act this week would queue up $6.5 billion for the National Park Service to use in tackling backlogged maintenance work, but it won't solve the problem, according to an outside economist.

"This is a Band-Aid. It's fine, it's good to get some money, an infusion of cash, to solve some of these problems, that's great," Margaret Walls, a senior fellow at Resources For the Future, said Monday during a phone call. "But it doesn't really address the long-term problem, which, as you said, the deficit grows every year and they continue to add to this list of projects that need to be done.

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