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Sponsored by: Hunt <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2017-016 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, ENCOURAGING CONGRESS TO CREATE A RELIABLE, <br /> PREDICTABLE STREAM OF RESOURCES TO ADDRESS DEFERRED <br /> MAINTENANCE NEEDS IN AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM <br /> WHEREAS,America's National Park System is a living testament to our citizens valor,our <br /> nation's hardships,our victories,and our traditions as Americans,and has been called "America's <br /> Best Idea"; and <br /> WHEREAS,the National Park System preserves the diversity, culture, and heritage of all <br /> Americans, and serves as a living classroom for future generations; and <br /> WHEREAS, in 2016,the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial and currently <br /> manages more than 400 nationally significant sites and an invaluable collection of more than 75,000 <br /> natural and cultural assets that span 84 million acres across all 50 states,the District of Columbia, <br /> and several U.S. territories and insular areas; and <br /> WHEREAS, Alaska is home to 24 national park units, including Klondike Gold Rush <br /> National Historical Park,Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve,Denali National Park and <br /> Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, and Kenai Fjords National Park; and. <br /> WHEREAS,Seward is an anchor community to Kenai Fjords National Park, and benefits <br /> greatly from the tourism associated with visitors to the park; and <br /> WHEREAS, the National Park Service's mission is to "to conserve the scenery and the <br /> natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in <br /> such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future <br /> generations"; and <br /> WHEREAS,in 2015,the National Park System had more than 307 million visits,with 2.6 <br /> million in national parks in Alaska, and almost 300,000 to Kenai Fjords National Park; and <br /> WHEREAS, in 2015, National Park Service estimates indicate that park visitors spent <br /> almost $1.2 billion in local communities adjacent to national parks in Alaska, including over$59 <br /> million in the communities neighboring Kenai Fjords National Park; and <br /> WHEREAS,the National Park Service has the obligation to preserve our nation's history; <br /> promote access to national parks for all citizens; stimulate revenue to sustain itself and nearby <br /> communities; educate the public about America's natural, cultural and historical resources, and <br />