National Park Service

Memo to Congress: Do more for national parks

Memo to Congress: Do more for national parks

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Congress needs to do more than talk when it comes to national parks, forests and other public lands. In her first major address since taking office this spring, Jewell called on Congress to push for full funding for parks and other public lands in the federal budget. “The real test […]

Budget cuts hurt federal funding to fight wildfires

Budget cuts hurt federal funding to fight wildfires

This year’s across-the-board budget cuts are slicing tens of millions of dollars from the federal government’s funds for battling wildfires, reductions that have meant fewer firefighters and could cause agencies to dip into other programs designed to prevent future blazes. The U.S. Forest Service‘s $2 billion-a-year firefighting budget, which comprises the bulk of the federal […]

Budget problems may result in more forest fires left to burn

Budget problems may result in more forest fires left to burn

After coming in $400 million over budget following last year’s busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one. The move, quietly made in a letter late last month by Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, brings the agency more in line with the […]

White House tours cancelled but Capitol visits continue on

White House tours cancelled but Capitol visits continue on

If your public tour of the White House has now been canceled, House Speaker John Boehner says come visit the Capitol instead. Boehner says tours of that building will continue, despite mandatory spending cuts that led the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service on Tuesday to announce that public tours of the White […]