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Record No: Res 31737    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 2/21/2017
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION requesting Congress to allocate funding to adequately address the maintenance needs of the National Park System.
Sponsors: Debora Juarez, Bruce Harrell, Rob Johnson, Kshama Sawant
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Signed Resolution 31737, 3. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION requesting Congress to allocate funding to adequately address the maintenance needs of the National Park System.
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WHEREAS, America's National Park System is a living testament to our citizens' valor, our nation's hardships, our victories, and our traditions as Americans, and has been called "America's Best Idea;" and
WHEREAS, the National Park System preserves the diversity, culture, and heritage of all Americans, and serves as a living classroom for future generations; and
WHEREAS, in 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial and currently manages 410 nationally significant sites and an invaluable collection of more than 75,000 natural and cultural assets that span 84 million acres across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories and insular areas; and
WHEREAS, Washington State has 15 national parks and 42 natural and historic landmarks and monuments, and The City of Seattle provides the gateway to many of the parks, including two of the most visited and popular parks in Washington State: Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park; and
WHEREAS, the National Park Service's mission is to "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations"; and
WHEREAS, in 2015, the National Park System had more than 305 million visits nationally and 7.6 million in Washington State; and
WHEREAS, in 2015, National Park Service estimates indicate that park visitors spent more than $470.1 million in Washington State at the sites and local communities adjacent to national parks, including $270 million for Olympic National Park and $45.7 million for Mount Rainier National Park; and
WHEREAS, the National Park Service has the obligation to preserve our nation's history; promote a...

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