Your Dollars at Work
Management of national park lands is not free. Protecting our natural and cultural heritage and providing a safe, enjoyable, and educational place to visit requires substantial funding. Although your taxes offset the majority of costs of operating parks like Petrified Forest National Park, they do not cover all of the costs. As expenses to operate and maintain the parks rise each year, appropriated funding is unable to do it all.
Recent projects at Petrified Forest National Park made possible by your fees:
Improve Fossil Cast Collection for Visitor Education
Wilderness Stewardship Plan
Interpret Biological Resources on New Lands for Visitor Enjoyment
Conduct Condition Assessments of Archeological Sites
Did You Know?
Petrified wood was so abundant when the ancestral Puebloan people were living in the area that they used it not only for stone tools but also as building material, such as the "brick" used in Agate House at Petrified Forest National Park.