$12.8B budget also proposes strategic investments in programs for land management, bolstering conservation and recreation activities, law enforcement, energy development and public infrastructure
Date: February 10, 2020
WASHINGTON - Today, President Donald J. Trump proposed a $12.8 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget for the Department of the Interior, including a new, innovative $50 million initiative that would begin to transform and build a more stable and permanent wildland firefighting workforce to better align with the challenges of prolonged periods of wildfire activity and the need to more aggressively implement active vegetation management.
Overall, $1 billion is being requested specifically for wildland fire programs to protect Americans and their communities. The President continues to prioritize the health, safety and wellbeing of Americans by investing in the federal wildland fire workforce to implement active vegetation management practices, reduce hazardous fuel loads and suppress active wildfires on public lands.
“In 2019, we treated over 1.4 million acres, but we must recognize that the length of our fire season is getting longer; fires are large; and risks are higher. Therefore, we must innovate to strengthen our wildland fire and active management capability,” said Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “We are also extremely appreciative of today’s proposal to once again include the creation of the Public Lands Infrastructure Fund, and we remain optimistic that Congress will finally address the tremendous backlog caused by insufficient funds to appropriately maintain our National Parks, our Indian schools and Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management facilities.”
In addition to these highlights, the budget strikes a balance between development and conservation; fulfills trust responsibilities for Alaska Native and Tribal communities; improves visitor experiences at our nation’s natural and historical areas; enables reliable water supplies and delivery to people in the West; and makes strategic investments to increase broadband access in rural areas, critical mineral development and law enforcement.
The BLM’s budget advances Presidential priorities such as enhancing conservation stewardship commitments, improving visitor experiences and recreational activities on public lands and water, driving economic growth, spurring job creation and continuing to produce domestic energy in a safe and responsible manner. The overall proposed 2021 budget for BLM is $1.2 billion and includes these notable allocations:
The BOEM continues to play a key role in achieving the Nation’s energy strategy by promoting energy security, environmental protection and economic development through responsible management of offshore energy and mineral resources. The President’s FY 2021 budget request reflects careful analysis and focuses on the execution of BOEM’s mission, including offshore oil and gas exploration and leasing, offshore renewable energy, marine minerals management and science-based analyses.
BOEM’s budget proposal continues to support efforts that are vital to advancing the President’s Executive Order 13795, Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, which requires BOEM to develop and implement a new National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) in conformity with the provisions of the OCS Lands Act.
The overall proposed 2021 budget for BOEM is $188.8 million.
The BSEE continues to ensure safe and environmentally sustainable exploration development and production of America’s offshore energy resources. The overall proposed 2021 budget for BSEE is $204 million and supports:
The OSMRE continues to deliver its core oversight mission and support State and Tribal programs to ensure effective, consistent and high-quality regulatory and enforcement programs. In 2019, OSMRE completed five mining plan decision documents, and managed $291 million in mandatory Abandoned Mine Land reclamation grants provided to the 25 coal-producing States and three Tribes with an approved AML program. OSMRE continued to promote utilization of the Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA), with 70 percent of all trees planted on FRA prepared areas. A total number of 4,447,721 trees were planted during FY 2019 with 3,123,940 utilizing FRA on 5,635 acres.
The FY 2021 budget provides the resources required to build on past accomplishments, streamline processes, achieve management efficiencies, and provide technical assistance and training to OSMRE's State and Tribal partners. The overall proposed 2021 budget for OSMRE is $116.2 million.
The BOR manages, develops and protects water and water-related resources in the interest of the American public. The 2021 proposed budget emphasizes funding for operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities—including an increase of $14.3 million for dam safety at Reclamation facilities. Notable allocations in the proposed budget include:
The USGS supports energy security, critical mineral resource assessments, natural hazard monitoring and research to inform resources management. The overall proposed 2021 budget for USGS is $971.2 million and supports:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
The FWS works with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the benefit of the American people. The overall proposed 2021 budget for FWS is $1.4 billion and includes these notable allocations:
The NPS system covers 85 million acres at 419 park units and served more than 318 million visitors in 2018. The NPS asset portfolio includes more than 5,500 miles of paved roads, 21,000 miles of trails and 25,000 buildings. In 2019, NPS leveraged $175 million in recreation fees to address priority maintenance projects to improve the visitor experience. The NPS estimates that in FY 2020 and FY 2021, $200 and $205 million in fee revenues respectively will be utilized for similar facility and infrastructure projects.
The proposed budget for the NPS prioritizes core mission capacity, increases recreational and public access and invests in critical infrastructure improvements. The 2021 proposed budget for NPS is $2.8 billion and includes these notable allocations:
The BIA prioritizes operations and program assistance to American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. The 2021 proposed budget for BIA is $1.9 billion and includes these notable allocations:
The BIE provides quality education opportunities for Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. The BIE’s budget request began being presented separately last year in a historical action to recognize the distinct and separate responsibilities and missions of the Indian Affairs’ two bureaus. The FY2021 budget request will continue to advance BIE reforms, provide autonomy and accountability, streamline services, maximize government efficiencies and build capacity. It prioritizes direct school operations, school improvement and completion of the Bureau’s Strategic Direction and reform efforts to improve service and technical assistance for BIE-funded schools. The Bureau estimates the requested budget will support staffing of 2,894 FTEs in 2021. The overall proposed 2021 budget for BIE is $944.5 million and includes these notable allocations:
The 2021 proposed budget for BFTA (formerly the “Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians”) is $108.4 million in support of its mission to honor America’s trust responsibilities while providing stewardship of trust assets.
The 2021 proposed budget for OIA includes $89.2 million to help strengthen economic and health capacities in the U.S. territories. A list of accomplishments and actions demonstrating the Trump Administration’s strong commitment to the U.S. insular areas in 2019 can be found online.
The entire Department’s proposed FY 2021 budget has been posted online.