The total number of visitors to the National Park system grew from 273 million in 2006 to 331 million in 2017! At the same time, the number of sites in the park system grew from 390 to 417. Despite this rise in popularity, the National Parks Service (NPS) has struggled to find the money to preform the necessary maintenance and upkeep of its parks and facilities. NPS is currently facing a $11.6 Billion maintenance backlog. Could oil and gas leases, exploration, and royalties be the answer?
The Administration wants to use oil and gas money to fix the national parks. Does this model sound familiar? read up on the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund before you read the article in the Washington Post.