Ross Meets With Sec. Zinke to Discuss Modernizing National Parks
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today met with Dept. of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, fellow Members of Congress and outdoor recreation industry leaders, including the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, at the Made in America Outdoor Recreation event at the Dept. of Interior to discuss the importance of modernizing U.S. National Parks through public-private partnerships with the National Park Service.
“As a kid raised in the RV industry traveling the country and going through all of the National Parks, I am absolutely delighted that Secretary Zinke has decided to pursue public-private partnerships with our National Parks,” said Ross. “More than 9 million Americans own RVs and a quarter of a million people are employed in the industry. My home state of Florida is rich with National Parks and provides nearly $1 billion in economic output through the RV industry, with Tampa hosting the largest RV consumer show in North America and the largest single site RV dealership in America. Yet, our National Parks haven’t kept pace.
“Now we have an opportunity with our conservation friends, outdoor recreation friends, and RV industry friends to partner together to make sure we modernize our parks, where experienced concessionaires could finance and upgrade campsites on federal lands, while balancing vital conservation needs and keeping the iconic National Park Service look and feel. Park partnerships are a win-win-win solution for the American people, the U.S. economy, and federal land agencies. These partnerships would not only boost federal revenue and address backlogged maintenance, but better respond to the desires of Millennial, urban and traveling Americans and today’s RVers.
“As our National Parks transition into their second century, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress, fellow RV Caucus Members and Secretary Zinke to determine the best way to modernize and improve our National Parks to allow for their preservation, conservation and enjoyment for generations to come.”