This bill — the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act — would establish a National Park Service and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund at the U.S. Treasury to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Each year in FY2020 through FY2024, 50% of all energy development revenues due and payable to the U.S. from oil, gas, coal or alternative or renewable energy development on federal land and water would be deposited in the Fund. The amount deposited into the Fund would be capped at $1.3 billion each fiscal year.
Money in the Fund would be used in the following manner:
- 80% would be used for priority deferred maintenance projects, including other infrastructure deficiencies directly related to such deferred maintenance projects, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the National Park Service, with the goal of ensuring overall parity between amounts allocated to transportation and non-transportation projects;
- 10% would be used for addressing the national wildlife refuge system maintenance backlog, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
- 5% would be used for addressing the public access and recreation backlog on public lands, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and
- 5% would be used for addressing the Bureau of Indian Education school construction and deferred maintenance backlogs, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the Bureau of Indian Education.
No more than 10% of the Fund’s money could be used for administrative costs associated with implementing this bill. No money in the Fund could be used for: 1) land acquisition; 2) replacing discretionary funding made available for the annual recurring facility operations, maintenance and construction needs of the entities for which amounts for the Fund are allocated; or 3) for performance awards for federal employees who are employed in implementing this act.
The Secretary of the Interior would be responsible for submitting a list of projects that Fund’s money would fund to the appropriate congressional committees, whichwould include a description of each project.
The Secretary of the Interior, NPS Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director, BLM Director, and the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs would be empowered to accept public cash or in-kind donations to the Fund to advance efforts to: 1) reduce the National Park Service’s deferred maintenance backlog, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuge system maintenance backlog, BLM public access and recreation backlog and the Bureau of Indian Education school construction backlog; and 2) encourage relevant public-private partnerships. Each donation received from the public would be included in the president’s annual budget submission to Congress.