PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD CUT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FUNDING 11%

PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD CUT JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FUNDING 11%

The White House released its version of the budget Monday, which, while it includes an additional $195 billion for the military over the next two years, slashes budgets for other departments and programs, such as the Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service. The Interior Department’s new budget has been cut by 15 percent. If this budget is adopted, Joshua Tree National Park would see its budget cut by 11 percent, down to $5.6 million this year, despite the fact that the number of visitors to the park has nearly tripled in the last four years. In addition, Joshua Tree National Park has a backlog of almost $47 million in deferred maintenance projects. Due to budget rules, the park can only use entrance fees—which total about $7 million a year—to maintain the park’s roads, trails, and buildings. However, it must be noted that the White House’s budget should be considered a policy statement; it is actually Congress that determines the budget for the park service and other departments and programs.

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/upload/FY2019-NPS-Greenbook.pdf

Search the PDF for the words Joshua Tree to find the park’s budget

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