Bergman's Statement Following Natural Resources Hearing on Deferred Maintenance at Department of Interior
Washington - Congressman Jack Bergman, Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, issued the following release after today's hearing on the Department of Interior’s deferred maintenance backlog:
The First District of Michigan is home to our nation's most beautiful and valued natural resources, including four National Parks. Michigan's National Parks have over $50 million in deferred maintenance. Today's hearing continues Congress and the Trump Administration’s efforts to restore management of, and access to, our public lands.
"More than 1/3 of our National Parks commemorate and interpret military history. These parks have $6.2 Billion in deferred maintenance, roughly half the nations total backlog." - said Bergman. "In addition to these Military Heritage Parks, parks in general offer a place of restoration and healing to our Veterans of all ages."
Following the hearing, Congressman Bergman noted that "Rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure across the entirety of federal lands in Michigan’s First District is a priority for me. We've identified the problem, now it's vital to ensure our National Parks and public lands remain a place where all who wish to responsibly enjoy them have that opportunity."
Additional helpful links regarding today's hearing can be found below:
For Complete 2017 Deferred Maintenance Report, Click Here.
To Watch the Committee Hearing, Click Here.
For a Comprehensive List of National Parks, Click Here.