U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke addresses park infrastructure this morning in Grand Teton NP

Moose, WYO – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke held a press conference this morning in Grand Teton National park to discuss park infrastructure as well as big game migration corridors in the west.

We are well behind on maintenance and repair. ~ Ryan Zinke

Grand Teton National Park currently has around $200 million worth of maintenance backlogged. Zinke mentioned there is nearly a $12 billion maintenance backlog for all the national parks. Zinke mentions the Restore Our Parks Act to fix park infrastructure has received bipartisan support thus far. A big concern from a budgeting perspective is the cost for fighting forest fires and restoring areas damaged by fire. Last year alone fighting forest fires rang up over a 3 Billion dollar bill. Final wrap-up for Roosevelt Fire includes $23.3M bill

Zinke will spend the next few days visiting Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks where he will host a small delegation of Members of Congress to get a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the two parks. The group will conduct internal briefings on a number of issues including deferred maintenance, infrastructure needs, conservation and land management.

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