Rep. Cook Announces Funding for Death Valley National Park Repairs
WASHINGTON– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced that the Trump Administration has approved funding to rebuild critical national park infrastructure. Included in that funding is $5.4 million to restore the flood-damaged historic Scotty's Castle Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park. This is part of a $256 million infrastructure repair package going to projects across the National Park System.
In 2015, Death Valley was hit by a significant rain storm, which resulted in flooding at Scotty's Castle, causing it to be closed to the public since.
Rep. Cook said, “We have an obligation to be responsible stewards of our public lands. Death Valley National Park brings over a million visitors a year to Inyo County, boosting the local economy. Today's announcement of over $5 million for repairs and renovations at the Scotty's Castle Visitor's Center is a strong first step toward meeting our parks' serious infrastructure needs.”
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke said in a separate press statement, “Today’s announcement is another step toward eliminating the more than $11 billion in maintenance facing the National Park Service. It’s another step toward prioritizing infrastructure because it is an investment that bolsters local economies and gateway communities. And it is another step in prioritizing access for all Americans to our public lands.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.