Action Alert

Tell the White House not to eliminate our public land agencies. Comments due June 12, 2017!

Submit comments by 11:59 EST on June 12, at this site: https://www.regulat ions.gov/comment?D=OMB_FRDOC_0001-0201

Dear friends,  

Do you think we should get rid of the National Park Service? The Forest Service? Department of Interior? Yeah, neither do we.

But on March 13, 2017, the Administration threatened to dismantle the agencies responsible for taking care of our cherished national parks, monuments, and other public lands. They ordered a review of federal agencies to identify which ones should be eliminated or drastically cut in the name of streamlining government. Public lands depend on public agencies to manage them and any proposal to get rid of these agencies is an attack on the foundation that keeps our public lands public. 

The public is invited by the Office of Management and Budget to provide comments on this proposal. Comments must be submitted on or before 11:59 PM EST on June 12.

Any proposal to eliminate public land management agencies, or cripple them with draconian budget cuts, is an attack on the foundation that keeps our public lands public. We need to tell the OMB that protecting public lands and the public land agencies that manage them is a big deal. Please take action now, and tell the Administration that we need our land management agencies to be fully funded to carry on the important work of conservation and preservation of our public lands. 

Comments on the proposal can be submitted here. Although it is always better to write your own comments, you can use information from the sample below. You can write your comments in a separate file, and upload them, or paste your comments directly into the box on the comment page. Be sure to uncheck the box that says, "I am submitting comments on behalf of a third party."  

Sample language: 

Please accept my comments on Executive Order 13781 that directs OMB to identify agencies and functions that should be eliminated, transferred to non-federal entities, or modified. I write to you today to express my strong support for continued and robust investment in the conservation and recreation programs of the land management agencies:  the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Together, these agencies administer, on behalf of the American people, 674 million acres of lands visited by over half a billion people annually.

For a modest investment (less than 0.4% of the federal budget), our federal land management agencies generate innumerable benefits worth billions of dollars. They provide us clean water and air, trails and campgrounds, and unmatched outdoor recreation experiences.

Consider that recreational visits to parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands generate $33 billion in direct spending and nearly 600,000 jobs, and contribute $37 billion to GDP annually. Consider also that the clean water that our national forests provide to over 66 million people in 3,400 communities in 33 states is worth over $7.2 billion annually. Clean air, clean water and other ecological services provided by our National Wildlife Refuges provide $32.3 billion in benefits to local communities. Together, they fuel a $887 billion outdoor recreation economy that generates 7.6 million jobs.

I understand the link between healthy lands and healthy lifestyles. I therefore urge you to support the conservation and recreation programs administered by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. 

Background documents: 

EO 13781, March 13, 2017
Memo M-17-22 direction to heads of agencies, April 12, 2017
OMB Notice of Request for Comments in Federal Register, May 15, 2017

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