The Trust For Public Land On President Trump's Budget And Infrastructure Plan

February 12, 2018
San Francisco

Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, today issued the following statement after the release of details of President Trump's proposed FY 2019 Budget and infrastructure plan:

"Over the past year, we have seen the Trump Administration display a disturbing disregard for our environment and public lands. If enacted by Congress, the cuts and program eliminations proposed in the President's budget released today would wreak havoc on our outdoor economy and the millions of jobs it supports in our local communities. Further, these budget proposals will undermine cities and towns working hard to create a clean and healthy future for our country.

"There is no economic justification for a budget that pulls the rug out from under ongoing collaborative local, state and federal efforts aimed at supporting parks, trails and other outdoor recreation needs and addressing the local impacts of climate change.

"President Trump has proposed virtually wiping out funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has become one of America's most effective conservation programs since its inception in 1965. LWCF does not use a cent of taxpayer dollars and has a proven track record of success across the country and broad bipartisan support in Congress. Defunding LWCF would be devastating to millions of American families who both use the outdoors for recreation and rely on it for their livelihood.

"The conservation of our national parks and public lands has always been an area where all people in The United States agree, whether they vote Democratic, Republican, or independent. The lands we all own together are used by virtually all American families, whether they are hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, riding bikes, or enjoying the outdoors. Finally, our public lands help our local economies, representing an $887 billion sector supporting 7.6 million American jobs.

"We are disappointed that President Trump's infrastructure plan fails to recognize the need to incorporate park infrastructure as part of rebuilding America. Parks infrastructure such as parks, playgrounds, trails and greenways is a smart and cost-effective tool that provides multiple benefits to communities. We encourage Congress to invest in tools to improve neighborhoods through green infrastructure, active transportation and community development.

"One in three Americans don't have a park, trail, or green space within a 10-minute walk of home, and by excluding these places from the President's infrastructure plan released today would block access to many more. We look forward to working with members of Congress from both parties to protect the parks, trails, lands and programs that people in this country we love."

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