Acadia awaits funding news

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 06, 2009, at 8 p.m.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — The National Park Service is getting more money for 2010 than it did for this year, but what that might mean for funding for Acadia National Park is not yet known.

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an appropriations bill that set an NPS budget of $2.7 billion for next year.

Len Bobinchock, Acadia’s deputy superintendent, said Friday that this figure is higher than the amount budgeted for NPS in 2009. But he said Acadia officials aren’t expected to know what their budget is for the 2010 fiscal year for several more weeks.

“I think we’re feeling upbeat about it,” Bobinchock said. “I think, if anything, we’re looking at an increase.”

The $2.7 billion allocation for NPS is about $218 million more than the 2009 funding level, according to a press release from the National Parks Conservation Association. Park operations in 2010 will receive about $130 million more than in 2009, the release indicated.

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