While the national parks heave under the weight of a $12 billion maintenance backlog, President Trump diverted $2.5 million from the National Parks Service budget to fund an extravagant Fourth of July rally. We can’t say we’re surprised: Trump has proposed drastic cuts to the department’s budget in the past, which thankfully went unapproved by Congress. But multiple parks are still reeling from the winter government shutdown, in which vandals damaged sensitive ecosystems and artifacts while parks were left unattended. We bet $2.5 million could’ve sped up their recovery.
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Protecting Our National Parks for Another 100 Years
ExplainerUnited StatesJillian Mackenzie
If we don’t address these increasingly severe threats, America’s most treasured lands might soon be unrecognizable.
Don’t Mess with Our National Parks, Zinke! A Message from Purple America
Latest NewsUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
The interior secretary’s proposal to hand over park management to private companies has riled up some very unhappy campers.
An Artist Envisions Our National Parks in 2050
PerspectivesUnited StatesClara Chaisson
Hannah Rothstein’s grim tourism posters are a call to action, in a time when the president is pillaging our public lands.