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Report: USNPS permanent staff down 16% since 2011

Washington, DC, Nov. 5, 2019 — As both the number of parks and visitation have swelled over the past decade, the number of full-time staff employed by National Park Service (NPS) has been in steep decline, falling by more than 3,500 or 16% since 2011, according to agency figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. These growing shortfalls compromise the ability of the parks to protect both their resources and the visiting public.

The National Park System is now responsible for more than 85 million acres of land and has grown to 419 diverse units, including parks, battlefields, historic sites, monuments, seashores, and scenic trails. In 2018, nearly 320 million people visited national parks, a number roughly equivalent to the total U.S. population.

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