Pence Shows Support for National Parks

Written by on June 14, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence got his hands dirty with the staff of Yellowstone National Park yesterday.

As part of a visit to the Park, the Vice President, his wife Karen, Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt joined a National Park Service maintenance crew to rebuild the boardwalk at the iconic geyser Old Faithful. During peak season, the boardwalk allows thousands of visitors to see the geyser up close on a daily basis.

The visit was part of a show of support for the National Park Service, as the Trump Administration has called for bipartisan legislation to fix infrastructure at National Parks. Secretary Bernhardt pointed out that the National Parks need more than $12 billion to repair aging infrastructure due to decades of inaction.

While at Yellowstone, Vice President Pence and Interior Secretary Bernhardt spoke to approximately 120 employees and partners, and received briefings from NPS employees on the subjects of deferred maintenance, forest management and wildfire, and Yellowstone’s unique geology and wildlife.

According to the annual National Park Service report, Yellowstone National Park had 4.1 million park visitors who spent an estimated $513 million in local gateway regions. These expenditures supported a total of 7,090 jobs, $224 million in labor income, $375 million in added-value, and $647 million in economic output in local gateway economies surrounding the park.

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