A Monumental Occasion

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Happy 100th Birthday to America’s National Park Service!


On this date in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to protect and conserve our nation’s most treasured and significant natural spaces.

As an Arizona native, I’ve visited many of our state’s 22 national parks - I treasure memories of camping trips with my parents, and with my own two boys. Like so many visitors to our national parks, I am awed by the unique beauty of our incredible state.

It’s easy to think of our parks as only places of scenic beauty, recreation and adventure. But we should remember that our parks have tremendous positive impact on our economy. In 2015, there were 11.7 million visitors to Arizona’s national parks. Those visitors contributed $932 million to our economy and supported nearly 15,000 jobs in our state. 

I look forward to sharing these incredible natural wonders with my own grandchildren someday and I know many of you do, too. We must commit to the preservation of our parks and natural resources. Our parks are key drivers of economic growth and prosperity - and we must work together to ensure their beauty and accessibility for generations to come. 

Thank you so much for your support of my campaign for the State House — and thank you for caring about Arizona’s future.  It matters who is elected in November!

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Kelli Butler