2016 is the centennial year of the National Park Service. President Obama’s budget request for the coming year includes $3 billion for the bureau’s critical conservation, preservation, and recreation mission reports the Lamar Ledger. That’s a boost of almost $433 million.
The national parks in southeastern Colorado plan on using the increase to add seasonal park rangers, deliver more educational programs, and address maintenance backlogs.
Alexa Roberts is the superintendent of Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic sites. She says the President’s budget highlights the importance of investing in a historic effort to attract and host more visitors. It also helps leverage additional private philanthropy for the parks.