The National Park Service, which has struggled to fully staff the National Park System and cope with climate change, would benefit from passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 by Congress. As drafted in the Senate, the measure would provide nearly $1 billion for the Park Service to use in adding staff and adapting the park system for the changing climate.
“The recent flooding at Yellowstone and fires at Yosemite are prime examples of the devastation that comes with the climate crisis, and the urgent need for climate legislation for our national parks and communities," said Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association. "This historic investment will ensure our parks have more resources and staff necessary to safeguard our parks from increasingly severe floods, fires, drought and other extreme weather. By addressing these staffing and infrastructure needs while boosting renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, this bill will help protect our parks for future generations."