Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum, today highlighted to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt the maintenance needs at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) and efforts to establish the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Hoeven invited Bernhardt to the state through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the National Park Service (NPS). The senator has worked to both address deferred maintenance under the NPS and secure support for the new library.
“Around 700,000 people visit North Dakota each year to enjoy the tremendous beauty and significance of our national parks and historical sites,” said Hoeven. “The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an important contributor to our economy, which is why we are advancing the Restore Our Parks Act and other funding measures to ensure its infrastructure can provide a safe and enjoyable visit for its guests. This includes the scenic drive in the south unit of the TRNP, a 28-mile loop that has been rendered unpassable due to erosion. Further, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library represents a real opportunity to boost the impact of the national park. We helped make the case for this project to Secretary Bernhardt during his visit, and I look forward to continuing my work with him to advance these priorities for the state.”