Parks Budget Worst Yet. Tell Congress To Hold the Line. March 28, 2006 9:57 AM
Parks Budget Worst Yet. Tell Congress To Hold the Line.
The proposed 2007 budget for our national parks is the worst in years. The President’s federal budget request of $2.15 billion for the Park Service is $100 million below the Park Service’s current budget. Even the request for park operations fails to cover fixed costs, which could greatly impact visitor services and resource protection. This drastic cut in the Park Service’s budget for construction, maintenance, and repair will hinder its ability to address the backlog plaguing so many of our parks.
This proposed budget will virtually cripple the Park Service's ability to manage our national parks. The Park Service is barely sustaining itself on current levels, and it cannot afford another blow to its budget. Contact your representatives and urge them to push for a significant increase to the FY07 budget. Take Action Today!
The Missouri Breaks is one of the few places along the Lewis & Clark Trail that is relatively pristine and untouched. Its historic, irreplaceable legacy could be lost forever. Urge the Bureau of Land Management to honor the original proclamation and adopt guidelines that will preserve the monument's special values.
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- T.H. Watkins Protect the Legacy of Lewis & Clark in the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument
The fate of the Missouri Breaks for the next 50 years could very well be decided in the next 30 days. The proposed management plan for the Breaks could allow excessive roads, airstrips for private pilots, and increased motorized use on the wild and scenic Missouri River. This would violate the proclamation that created the monument and which set forth guidelines to protect the “spectacular array of biological, geological, and historical objects of interest.”
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