Acting national park service director gets a look at Acadia
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sen. Angus King said he emphasized the importance of addressing a maintenance backlog during a tour of Acadia National Park with the acting National Park Service director.
King said Thursday that Americans are falling short of a commitment to leave national parks in better shape for the next generation. There is currently a $12 billion backlog of maintenance nationwide. Acadia’s backlog is pegged at $60 million.
King and acting Director Dan Smith were joined by GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin and others on a tour led by Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider.
King, an independent, and three other senators introduced a bipartisan bill to reduce the maintenance backlog. He said that addressing the backlog will “ensure that our children and grandchildren can experience Cadillac Mountain sunrises for years to come.”