The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is urging members to lobby their respective members of Congress to cosponsor two bipartisan bills that take aim at the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog at national parks.
According to a release, inadequate federal campgrounds and deteriorating or closed roads, bridges and facilities negatively impact visitor experiences and RVers in particular. The Restore Our Parks Act (S.3172) and the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R.6510) offer a solution to modernize and update our National Parks, including campgrounds.
At a time when the RV industry is growing at record levels, RV overnight stays at national parks have been declining from over 4.5 million overnights in the early 1980s to only 2.5 million overnight stays in 2016 due to outdated Eisenhower-era infrastructure, deferred maintenance needs and limited RV camping availability.
As outdoor recreation and RV camping on our public lands continues to grow in popularity, unfortunately maintenance and infrastructure funding has not kept up.
To access a form from RVIA click here.