National Park Service

NPS logoThe National Park Service will invest $750 million in nearly 800 projects to stimulate the economy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects will preserve and protect national icons and historic landscapes, improve energy efficiency and renewable energy use, remediate abandoned mine lands, and provide $15 million in grants to protect and restore buildings at historically black colleges and universities. Additional funding through the Federal Highway Administration will improve park roads for millions of visitors.

All projects are NPS priorities and meet the Recovery Act’s rigorous criteria of addressing highest mission needs, generating the largest number of jobs in the shortest period of time, and creating lasting value for the American people.

For more information on projects being completed in each state, view the complete National Park Service Project List.

For more information on recent project changes and substitutions, view the Project Changes List.

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There are six types of projects:


Construction projects will build, rehabilitate, or replace facilities to help preserve natural and cultural resources and ensure safe, fun, and educational experiences for visitors.


  • Repair or replace critical infrastructure
  • Upgrade facilities for health and safety
  • Retrofit facilities for energy efficiency
  • Install photovoltaic systems
  • Demolish obsolete facilities

Deferred Maintenance

Deferred Maintenance projects will repair, rehabilitate, or maintain critical facilities to extend their useful life. The NPS will undertake major repair and rehabilitation work and will complete cyclic maintenance to prevent an increase in the maintenance backlog.


  • Replace heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment
  • Replace utility, water, and wastewater systems
  • Remove invasive plants
  • Install fire suppression systems
  • Stabilize historical structures

Energy Efficient Equipment Replacement

Energy efficient equipment replacement efforts will replace aging vehicles, heavy equipment, and HVAC systems with next generation energy efficient equipment.  By reducing its fossil fuel consumption, the NPS will reduce its carbon footprint and fuel costs.


  • Purchase alternative fuel or hybrid transit buses
  • Replace heating, cooling, water, and electrical equipment with energy efficient units


Trails projects will complete work to restore trails for safer use and to extend the life of trails across the national park system. In addition, trail work will provide opportunities for youth and young adults to participate in meaningful experiences on public lands and to contribute to the NPS mission.


  • Clear vegetation from trails
  • Control erosion
  • Replace deteriorated boardwalks
  • Repair trail surfaces

Abandoned Mine Lands

The abandoned mine lands safety projects will remedy serious health and safety concerns at the sites. A consideration in choosing a particular remedy is the ability to provide continued use of the mine openings as wildlife habitat by maintaining access and airflow.


  • Design and install mine closures (blasting, fencing, safety cable nets)
  • Restore habitat

Road Maintenance

Road maintenance projects will preserve park roads and parkways and rehabilitate deteriorated road networks. The NPS is responsible for approximately 5,450 paved miles of public park roads, 6,544 miles of unpaved roads, the equivalent of 948 paved miles of parking areas, and 1,679 structures such as bridges, culverts, and tunnels.


  • Seal roads
  • Resurface and repave roads
  • Correct erosion and drainage problems
  • Repair culverts

Latest DOI Press Releases on National Park Service Recovery Act Projects

$129 Million Saved by National Park Service Will Fund Additional 30 Projects Nationwide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2010 Contact: David Barna, (202) 208-6843, WASHINGTON, DC – The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that favorable pricing on its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) large construction projects has resulted in savings of over 20 percent totaling approximately $129 million. The Service will use these dollars to [...]

Secretary Salazar Marks Recovery Act Anniversary in Seattle

Under the Recovery Act, the Interior Department is investing $3 billion to conserve America’s timeless treasures. These include an historic $750 million for our National Park System to help preserve and protect national icons and historic landscapes. In addition, the Bureau of Land Management is investing $305 million to restore landscapes, clean up abandoned mines, protect wildlife habitat, reduce the risk of wildfire, and expand its capacity to authorize renewable energy development on public lands.

Secretary Salazar Cites Progress of Recovery Act in Arkansas and Nationwide

From the Department of the Interior alone, there is a total of approximately $10 million for approved ARRA projects in Arkansas. Of that amount, the National Park Service has almost $2 million in funding for four park projects in Arkansas, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has almost $8 million for nine refuge and fish hatchery projects, and the U.S. Geological Survey has $300,000 in funding to upgrade or replace stream gages in Arkansas.

Secretary Salazar Highlights Recovery Act Investments, Job Creation during Tour of Grand Canyon National Park

Date: August 21, 2009 Contacts: Hugh Vickery (202) 208-6416 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today visited the Grand Canyon’s South Rim to highlight $10.8 million in projects under President Obama’s economic recovery package that are creating jobs and stimulating the local economy. Projects at Grand Canyon National Park [...]

Assistant Secretary Strickland Highlights Interior’s $85 Million in Recovery Act Investments in Alaska

On a two-week visit to Alaska, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Tom Strickland today highlighted more than $85 million that Interior is investing in Alaska under the President’s economic recovery package. The funding is designed to create jobs, stimulate local economies, and enable rehabilitation and improvement projects at national parks, refuges, and other public lands in the state.

DOI Recovery Investments by Bureau

Last Updated: February 02, 2012
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