News Release

$17 million in Inflation Reduction Act Funding towards safeguarding forests, fish, and marshes in the Northeast

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A forest at Gettysburg National Military Park

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News Release Date: March 15, 2024

Contact: John Harlan Warren, 215-908-3159

On February 27, the National Park Service announced it will invest $195 million in Inflation Reduction Act funding to restore and build resilience in the lands and waters that serve as important wildlife and native plant habitats, spaces for recreation and reflection, and memorials to our nation’s history.

In the Northeast, an estimated $17 million will go towards projects to safeguard national parks in the face of a changing climate. Highlighted projects include building resilience to climate change in Northeastern forests, in brook trout populations, and in marshes along the coastline.

Inflation Reduction Act funding to national parks help prepare for the effects of climate change, protect species, restore ecosystems and invest in jobs in conservation. Many of these projects support restoration and resilience efforts in national parks located in small and rural communities, bringing much-needed investments and jobs that support the American economy.

“This investment in conservation demonstrates an unprecedented commitment towards tackling the climate crisis and strengthening America’s resilience,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams. “From restoring species to cleaning up abandoned mines in our national parks, this investment will support ongoing efforts to protect and preserve our nation’s most cherished places.”

“These projects support our efforts to restore critical park natural resources for future generations to enjoy,” said National Park Service Northeast Region Director Gay Vietzke. “From promoting climate resilience of forests and restoring salt marsh habitat to supporting unimpaired fish passage in our parks, Inflation Reduction Act funding is a significant investment in the parks and surrounding communities.”

These investments are incredibly timely, as healthy ecosystems, wildlife and native plant habitats and cultural resources are threatened by climate change and many other environmental challenges. Learn more about the National Park Service’s Inflation Reduction Act projects here.


Last updated: March 15, 2024