Nov 03 at 7:32am - khsdba
Trump to Reduce Size of Two National Monuments
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) revealed that in a telephone conversation he had with
President Trump, the President said he would be reducing the size of at least
two existing National Monuments in Utah, Bears Ears National Monument and the
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is major news!
H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act
House Natural Resources Committee took an important step in October by
approving legislation that would make major revisions to the Antiquities Act of
1906. The measure now goes to the full House for consideration.
A man and a woman stand
on a cliff looking out over the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Photo by BLM Utah.
Disaster Funding for Fighting Wildfires
House of Representatives approved legislation that would provide an additional
$576 million for wildfire funding for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of
Land Management. The money essentially reimburses those agencies for
funds they borrowed from other agency accounts (i.e. recreation) in order to
pay for expenses fighting wildfires in fiscal year 2017. For example, the
Forest Service had an appropriation of just $1.8 billion for firefighting but ended
up spending over $2.4 billion. Hence the need for this additional
Agency Vacancies 2.0
our last newsletter we discussed the problem of unfilled executive positions in
the Trump Administration especially from our perspective, in the Department of
the Interior. In just the last three weeks we have seen some movement to
correct this situation. A series of appointments has been made at the
senior level, positions not requiring Senate confirmation, but positions just
below that level. These are key executive positions for each agency so
this is an encouraging development. Sadly, we are still waiting for
individuals to be nominated to head up the National Park Service, the Bureau of
Land Management, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
National Park Service Fee Increase
National Park Service (NPS) has proposed increasing peak entrance fees for 17
of the most popular National Parks. The fee increase is in response to
the growing backlog in maintenance costs for most sites under the jurisdiction
of the National Park Service. The NPS believes this new peak fee
structure will raise about $200 million to $268 million annually.
The proposed fee increases are scheduled to take place during the course of
2018. In the meantime, NPS is taking comments from the public on the
proposed fee structure. That comment period ends November 23rd.
If you would like to learn more and/or file your comments, please go to this
Larry E. Smith
Americans for Responsible Recreational Access (ARRA)
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