What We Know About the State of the National Parks Budget

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke offered new insights into how the National Park Service may look after budget cuts at the Western Governors’ Association meeting in Whitefish, Montana, late last month. His priorities seemed to be a common refrain for the Trump administration’s federal budget outlook: cutting waste and improving efficiency through a $1.6 billion cut to the Interior Department — a 12% slash to last year’s budget. Zinke also testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last month to defend the proposed budget. But opponents are worried the cuts may have sweeping implications for how national park services will be run and expect the worst for park maintenance and visitor experience at a time when park visitation is steadily increasing. The budget wouldn’t go into effect until 2018 and still requires congressional approval, but here’s what we know based on the new updates so far:

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What We Know About the State of the National Parks Budget

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke offered new insights into how the National Park Service may look after budget cuts at the Western Governors’ Association meeting in Whitefish, Montana, late last month. His priorities seemed to be a common refrain for the Trump administration’s federal budget outlook: cutting waste and improving efficiency through a $1.6 billion cut to the Interior Department — a 12% slash to last year’s budget. Zinke also testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last month to defend the proposed budget. But opponents are worried the cuts may have sweeping implications for how national park services will be run and expect the worst for park maintenance and visitor experience at a time when park visitation is steadily increasing. The budget wouldn’t go into effect until 2018 and still requires congressional approval, but here’s what we know based on the new updates so far:

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