The Center for Western Priorities had this in its news this morning…
“Under Interior Secretary Bernhardt, the department has attempted to reject the Land and Water Conservation Fund whenever possible. Before receiving permanent funding through the Great American Outdoors Act, the Trump administration attempted to effectively zero out the program in its yearly budget. After using the bill to greenwash the administration’s environmental record, the Interior Department and the Forest Service missed a key deadline earlier this month to nominate projects for funding through the program. “
I think it’s hard to argue that GAOA is a bad thing (but possible, because the wrong kind of people worked to get it through Congress (Rs), and it relies on money from the wrong kind of activities (fossil fuels)). Still it’s hard for me to imagine, after asking the Regions where they want to spend the bucks, that missing a deadline had anything to do with … not wanting the money? for partisan reasons?
And groups like the Center seem mostly focused on “bad things Interior does when R’s are in charge,” and the FS tends not to be as prominent. Certainly Jim Hubbard is not David Bernhardt in terms of vitriol attraction possibilities.
Still, does anyone know…was the Forest Service also late? And if so, why?
This is the CWP…
If the FS is late, I would not tend to assume, with Mr. Grijalva, that the reason would be “sabotage of the LWCF.” But I could be wrong…