Durango, Colo. (February 12, 2018) — Following the release of the FY2019 Department of Interior budget by the Trump Administration, Brian Sybert, Executive Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation, issued the following statement:
“Every American who supports the freedom to access and explore our country’s public lands should be outraged at the administration’s budget proposal. It doubles down on the largest attack on protected public lands in American history, and cuts jobs in places that can least afford it. Instead of investing in measures that ensure our National Conservation Lands ‑ including more than two dozen National Monuments and National Conservation Areas ‑ are available for the enjoyment of all Americans today and in the future, the administration is choosing to sell off our public lands to the highest bidder and increase spending on fossil fuel extraction.
“Just as troubling ‑ and despite Secretary Zinke’s comments to his department earlier this month that no job cuts were expected ‑ the budget proposal includes significant job cuts. If this budget passes, thousands of hard working men and women in states across the country, who steward these lands on behalf of all Americans, will lose their jobs.
“Conservation Lands Foundation urges the House and Senate to respect the rights of Americans to maintain their natural, cultural and outdoor heritage and to keep these important jobs in place by rejecting this budget proposal and fully funding programs that ensure the protection of our public lands.”