STATEMENT on President Trump’s budget attack on America’s parks and public lands

May 23, 2017

DENVER—As President Trump unveils his proposed 2018 budget, the Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“This budget is a shameless attack on America’s parks and public lands. From gutting one of America’s most important parks programs to increasing spending on drilling and mining, it sure looks like this budget was written by oil, gas and coal companies.

“The proposal will make it harder to keep America’s most spectacular lands pristine for future generations. President Trump and Secretary Zinke are running roughshod over the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt, tilting the scale toward special interests instead of the American people.”

President Trump’s budget would cut the Interior Department’s funding by $11.7 billion, a 10.9 percent cut. The only program activity to see a budget increase is “energy and minerals,” while every other program experiences massive cuts. These include:

  • Cuts funding for resource protection by 26 percent, while slashing the budget for national conservation lands, including national monuments, by 23 percent.
  • Slashes funding for transportation and facilities maintenance by 15 percent, in spite of the Trump administration’s promise to address maintenance on America’s parks and public lands.

  • Increases the budget for energy development on public lands by $13 million, an approximately 9 percent increase.
  • Significantly reduces funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, decimating a critical source of state and national funding to protect public lands and ensure recreation access.

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