Budget also focuses on economic growth, responsible energy development and reorganizing for the next 100 years
Date: February 12, 2018
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump today proposed an $11.7 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for the Department of the Interior that includes a legislative proposal to establish the Public Lands Infrastructure Fund. The Fund will provide up to $18 billion to address Interior’s deferred maintenance backlog in national parks, national wildlife refuges and Bureau of Indian Education schools through funding from energy leasing revenues. The legislation complements the President’s national infrastructure investment proposal and recognizes the importance of a long-term investment in America’s treasures.
Along with strengthening the nation’s infrastructure, the proposed budget prioritizes economic growth and expanded public access for outdoor recreation. The budget enables Interior to carry out its core mission of responsible multiple-use of public lands in a way that both conserves America’s iconic landscapes and supports responsible resource development. To download highlights of the DOI FY 2019 budget, click this link: https://www.doi.gov/budget/appropriations/2019/highlights
"President Trump is absolutely right to call for a robust infrastructure plan that rebuilds our national parks, refuges, and Indian schools, and I look forward to helping him deliver on that historic mission," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Our parks and refuges are being loved to death, but the real heart break is the condition of the schools in Indian Country. We can and must do better for these young scholars. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is an American issue, and the President and I are ready to work with absolutely anyone in Congress who is willing to get the work done."
Zinke continued: "Not all visitors to our parks and public lands have the ability to hike with a 30-pound pack and camp in the wilderness miles away from utilities. Many people see our national parks from scenic overlooks and short guided hikes on paved trails. In order for families with young kids or elderly grandparents to enjoy the parks, we need to rebuild basic infrastructure like roads, trails, lodges, restrooms and visitors centers. Not since the 1950s has a President embarked on such a noble and ambitious mission to rebuild our National Parks.”
The Department of the Interior oversees one-fifth of the nation's land and the entire Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Department is charged with overseeing energy development on federal lands and waters, grazing allotments and timber sales, water conservation and delivery, upholding Tribal trust responsibilities, conservation of wildlife and habitat, and maintaining access for recreation in National Parks and other public lands, among other priorities.
The FY 2019 budget includes the President’s continued focus on the following priorities:
American Infrastructure: Investing in Interior's $300 Billion Asset Portfolio
America First Energy: $792 million to power America's future
$4.6 Billion for America's Land: Increasing access, back to the basics on stewardship
Additional Legislative Priorities