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National Parks Conservation Association hosts tour to show areas in need of maintenance

SAN ANTONIOThe National Parks Conservation Association and San Antonio Missions staff members hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of Mission San Jose on Thursday to show some of the areas not open to the public that are in need of maintenance.

Last month, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, was one of four lawmakers to introduce bipartisan legislation seeking to help jump-start overdue maintenance projects in national parks.

Hurd said the National Park Service Legacy Act would provide more flexible financing options that parks could use to deal with backlog issues.

"The Missions alone have almost $9 million worth of backlog and so it's trying to address that so that more parts of the Missions can be open to the public, but also so that we don't see a degradation in these great treasures,” Hurd said.

 

Hurd said there’s more than $11 billion worth of park maintenance backlog nationwide.

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