Trump vs National Parks

This week's investigative reporting, analysis and environmental news.
The Revelator

No. 35, July 5, 2018

Hello Revelator readers,

If you visit one of America's national parks this summer you'll have the chance to see breathtaking examples of natural beauty — but you may also encounter crumbling roads, decaying buildings and leaking pipes. Those are just a few of the infrastructure problems plaguing America's cash-strapped national parks, which currently face more than $11 billion in delayed maintenance projects. That problem's about to get worse, as President Trump wants to slash the budget for the National Park Service even more. How will that affect the future of our national parks?

The Trump administration has also taken aim at critically endangered red wolves. Last week they proposed shrinking the wild population to just 15 wolves, any of which could be shot if they wander out of their protected habitat (which will also be reduced in size). This would be a terrible blow to a species that already, as we wrote recently, faces potential extinction in the wild in as little as eight years.

Finally this week, check out our recommendations for this month's best new books about environmental issues. The list includes books on wildlife crime, polluted cities, the diversity of bees and how democracy can stand up to climate change, plus a whole lot more.

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This week Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso proposed massive changes to the Endangered Species Act that would take a lot of conservation authority away from the federal government and place it in the hands of the states. That's a pretty awful idea, as many states just can't handle the responsibility of caring for their threatened wildlife.

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We have a lot more coming your way, including an update on the wild horses on the drought-plagued Navajo Nation.

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That's it for this week. As always, thanks for reading.

John Platt

John R. Platt
Editor, The Revelator

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