Federal budget proposals:
funding issues for trails

 

Congress and the Administration are currently focused on the Federal budget and how to fund national programs. Budgets for the Federal land management agencies are of particular interest to trails supporters.

American Trails is committed to bringing you all the vital news about funding and policies that affect you. Watch for our ongoing alerts about the budget process, legislation in Congress, and funding for trails and transportation....

 

arrow Every individual and organization concerned with trails and bike/ped facilities should be ready to tell their Members of Congress why funding for trails and bike/ped programs is important:

 

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What's happening now?

How FY2016 Federal budgets affect trails, parks, and public lands

 

arrow February 13, 2015: The Administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

Funding for the federal agencies for fiscal year 2016 is the next issue for outdoor recreation advocates. The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget request proposes fairly large increases in spending for natural resources, national parks, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Read more about LWCF funding issues...

The February 3, 2015 issue of Federal Parks & Recreation published a list of the administration’s Federal agency recommendations compared to the 2015 appropriations:

Agency Appropriation Requests

LWCF FEDERAL APPROPRIATION: For federal land acquisition the administration recommended $235.8 million compared to a final fiscal 2015 appropriation of $165.7 million. The breakdown: NPS acquisition, $64.3 million; BLM, $38 million; FWS, $58.5 million; FS, $63 million; and DoI Valuation Services, $12 million.
LWCF FEDERAL (NEW GUARANTEED PROGRAM): This presupposes Congress approves new legislation to guarantee $900 million per year for LWCF. These recommendations are in addition to the regular appropriations above. The breakdown: NPS acquisition, $106.7 million; BLM, $55.4 million; FWS, $106.3 million; FS, $64.7 million; and DoI Valuation Services, $6 million.
LWCF STATE APPRORIATION: For state LWCF grants the administration recommended $53.2 million, compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $48 million.
LWCF STATE (NEW GUARANTEED PROGRAM): This allocation presupposes Congress approves new legislation to guarantee $900 million per year for LWCF. For state grants the proposal would add $47 million, for a total of $100 million.
STATE WILDLIFE GRANTS: For wildlife grants the administration recommended $70 million, compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $58.7 million.
URBAN PARKS AND RECREATION RECOVERY: For urban parks the administration recommended $25 million from a reauthorization of LWCF, compared to no appropriation in fiscal 2015.
NPS OPERATIONS: For operation of the Park Service the administration recommended $2.515 billion compared to $2.276 billion in fiscal 2015.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION: For the National Historic Preservation program the administration recommended $89.9 million, compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $56.4 million. The increase would include $30 million in new money competitive grants as part of a Civil Rights initiative.
NPS CONSTRUCTION: For NPS construction the administration recommended $251 million compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $138.3 million.
NPS REC AND PRES: For NPS recreation and preservation the administration recommended $54.2 million compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $63.1 million.
NPS HERITAGE AREAS: For National Heritage Areas the administration recommended $10 million compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $20.3 million.
BLM LAND AND RESOURCES: For management of BLM lands the administration recommended $1.067 billion compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $952.7 million.
BLM RECREATION: For BLM recreation the administration recommended $75.4 million compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $67 million.
FOREST SERVICE: For the National Forest System the administration recommended $1.648 billion compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $1.494 billion.
FWS OPERATIONS: For operation of the Fish and Wildlife Service the administration recommended $1.327 billion compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $1.208 billion.

WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM: For management of the National Wildlife Refuge System the administration recommended $508 million compared to a fiscal 2015 appropriation of $474 million.

 

Take action!

American Trails and other nationwide organizations have been urging key members of Congress and Administration officials to recognize the importance of funding for trails and related facilities.

 

There is strength in numbers and we need to present a unified voice for trails, to document their many benefits, and to make the case for funding trails and bicycle/pedestrian programs. Join us in contacting your Senators and Representatives to let them know why these programs are vital to your local efforts.

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TALKING POINTS

As always, it is crucial that advocates let their members of Congress know that money spent on trails, bike/ped facilities, parks, and outdoor recreation is a sound investment in the country’s economy. The health of our children, as well as our cities, will depend on expanding transportation choices and preserving trails, open space, parks, and places for recreation.

As our nation looks closely at the increase in childhood obesity, the need for healthier lifestyle choices for everyone, safe routes for active transportation, and urban development, there are major issues to address. Trails, greenways, bikeways, and other routes are a critical part of the solution. Read more about the benefits of trails and find talking points by visiting these links:

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