Kurt Repanshek posted a comprehensive overview:
The arrival of 2017 has opened a new chapter for the National Park Service and the National Park System, one that in the first days of the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress is fraught with concern over both the stability of the agency and the health of the parks.
- The administration wants to reduce the size of the federal workforce.
- Nominees for key agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy could support initiatives detrimental to natural resources.
- Republicans in Congress are pushing to limit, if not entirely do away with, use of the Antiquities Act by presidents to designate national monuments.
- Budget increases for the Park Service, feeble during the past eight years, could be even more meager.
It’s too early to say how these will play out, but they all bear watching. …
Personally, I’m very worried for ALL the American Parks. Republicans are not often friends of outdoor recreation. 😦