This is a surprise.
The press secretary hands over a $78,333 check to the interior secretary and the superintendent of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Much appreciated. But here’s the down side for hikers:
The Center for Western Priorities, a conservation policy organization, quickly criticized the donation as a “publicity stunt” in light of budget cuts the president has proposed for the Department of the Interior.
“You can’t propose $1.6 billion in cuts to our public lands, then pretend a $78,000 donation makes it better,” said Greg Zimmerman, the center’s deputy director. “The White House needs to protect America’s parks and public lands, not pay lip service to them.”