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Inflation Reduction Act would provide USNPS with boost in staff, funds for climate change readiness

Conservation groups are applauding Senate passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which carries about $1 billion for the National Park Service to hire more staff and continue to prepare for climate change.

If the House of Representatives passes the Senate version later this week as expected, the Park Service is in line to receive $500 million over a decade to hire additional personnel, and some $500 million would be split between the Park Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on habitat restoration and climate change resiliency. Another $200 million would be targetted to address backlogged maintenance items in the National Park System, according to John Gardner, the National Parks Conservation Association's senior director of budget and appropriations.

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