April 07, 2022

Senate Unanimously Passes Manchin, Barrasso, King, Daines Resolution Designating National Park Week

Free access to all National Parks on Saturday, April 16th will mark the occasion

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Committee, Angus King (I-ME), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, and Steve Daines (R-MT), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, marking April 16 through April 24, 2022 as National Park Week. This year’s resolution, which was cosponsored by a record 61 U.S. Senators, seeks to boost awareness of the value and availability of recreational areas, encouraging people across the country to spend time in America’s treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on Saturday, April 16.

“America’s iconic national parks — including West Virginia’s first National Park and Preserve at the New River Gorge — truly embody our spirit and way of life,” said Chairman Manchin. “I’m incredibly proud the Senate passed my bipartisan resolution to designate and celebrate National Park Week. With more than 80 million breathtaking acres of land, our national parks offer endless opportunities to explore the outdoors, recreate with our friends and family and improve our mental and physical well-being. I encourage every American to get outside to enjoy these national treasures.”

“This is an especially significant year for Wyoming as we celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park,” said Ranking Member Barrasso. “Yellowstone and all of America’s national parks are some of our greatest treasures. During this national park week, I hope everyone can enjoy their natural beauty and cultural history.”

“From the rocky coasts of Acadia to the breathtaking canyons of Zion, America’s national parks preserve some of our nation’s most beautiful landmarks so people of all backgrounds can explore the natural majesty of the United States,” said Senator King. “Protecting these gorgeous parks for future generations was truly one of America’s best ideas – and during National Park Week, I encourage all Americans to get outside so they can experience all that these beautiful lands have to offer.”

"Our national parks help set us apart from the rest of the world, and in Montana we have some of the best," said Senator Daines. "Enjoying Montana's great outdoors isn’t just a favorite pastime, it’s part of our way of life. This National Parks week, I encourage folks to get outside and find their park!"

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