Last month, President Trump released his budget request to Congress, highlighting spending priorities of his administration for Fiscal Year 2019. Like last year, his budget proposes debilitating cuts that jeopardize protections for clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. The Environmental Protection Agency would be cut by 34%, including a 90% reduction in funding to restore and clean up the Great Lakes. Funding for accessing, managing, and conserving public lands would be reduced, including a 92% cut to the chronically underfunded Land and Water Conservation Fund. The proposal completely eliminates assistance for farmers to protect water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat – protections that benefit every American. The chart below provides a more thorough breakdown of the proposed budgets for important conservation programs.
“This budget request does not reflect the conservation values of the Izaak Walton League," says Jared Mott, IWLA Conservation Director. "We will continue to work with our members and partners for a budget that invests in conservation, clean air, and clean water. Those investments are critical for public health, outdoor recreation, and our economy."