In Congressional hearing, Zinke defends budget that would slash funding for public lands

Draconian budget cuts proposed by Zinke and Trump come along with proposals to reduce or eliminate public lands, sell off parks

Today, in front of the House Appropriations Committee, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke advocated for draconian budget cuts that would undermine our national parks, public lands, and local access funds. The budget proposal comes at the same time Secretary Zinke has proposed reducing or eliminating national monuments like Bears Ears and privatizing our national park campgrounds.

“Teddy Roosevelt must be rolling over in his grave with these proposals to underfund and sell off our national parks,” said Chris Saeger, Executive Director of the Western Values Project. “Adequate funding for maintaining our public lands is essential to the safety and economic security of Western states. This budget is a short-sighted, irresponsible proposal that would do real harm to our communities.”

As we’ve reported about the Trump/Zinke budget proposal:

It fails to work with local communities, giving them less, not more access.

It slashes funding for maintenance and repair.

It cuts essential staff, putting an even bigger burden on remaining rangers and field managers.

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