$53 mil­lion to go to park main­te­nance

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

ESTES PARK, Colo. — In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke has an­nounced more than $50 mil­lion for main­te­nance and in­fra­struc­ture work at na­tional parks.

Zinke made the an­nounce­ment Satur­day at Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park in Colorado. With him was U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner, R-Colo.

The funds will be dis­trib­uted to 42 parks in 29 states. The In­te­rior De­part­ment said in a re­lease that Congress has pro­vided $20 mil­lion, and $33 mil­lion will come from out­side or­ga­ni­za­tions. The funds will help im­prove trails, re­store build­ings and as­sist ef­forts to im­prove visi­tor ac­cess to the parks.

In Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park, $200,000 matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Moun­tain Con­ser­vancy will go to­ward trail main­te­nance.

Other projects in­clude im­prov­ing over­looks at the Grand Canyon of the Yel­low­stone in Wy­oming and adding boat in­spec­tions to keep in­va­sive species out of Glacier Na­tional Park in Montana.

AP/Tele­graph Herald/ADAM RANG

Flood­wa­ter from Fri­day night storms en­gulf a car Satur­day near the bridge over a creek in Cassville, Wis.

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