United States Department of the Interior

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 […]