U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement hailing the signing of the public lands package (AKA the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act—S.47):

“The broad value of our public lands is evident in this bill’s bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. In 2017, 331 million national park visitors spent $18 billion in gateway communities, supporting 306,000 jobs and generating nearly $36 billion in national economic output. Our public lands are crucial to the American economy and the many gateway communities that rely on them to be well-maintained and attractive to visitors.  

“This is a crucial first step, but we hope the momentum from the passage of this bill will spur Congress to establish a dedicated source of funding to tackle the $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks.

“We thank the president for acting on this bill, and Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for her leadership in guiding it to passage.”

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