In early March, President Trump released his FY18 budget blueprint which promises massive spending cuts for several key agencies and programs that are essential for TU's mission and work. Of particular note, the budget blueprint proposes a 12% cut to Interior and a 31%...
In early March, President Trump released his FY18 budget blueprint which promises massive spending cuts for several key agencies and programs that are essential for TU's mission and work. Of particular note, the budget blueprint proposes a 12% cut to Interior and a 31% cut to EPA.
Please contact the President and your members in Congress to tell them that adequate funding for the federal natural resource agencies is vital to the conservation work of Trout Unlimited and to sound management of the nation's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Many of the natural resource agency budgets have been eroding over the past 15 years and the additional cuts outlined in the FY18 Budget Blueprint would spell disaster for many of the programs that are critical for clean water, healthy lands and conservation and restoration of coldwater fisheries. It is important to let decision-makers hear your concerns about these cuts and your support for adequate federal funding.
How do we influence the process and why does the outcome matter to TU?
The Budget Blueprint represents the President's outline for his FY18 budget - the spending proposal that the President would like to see across all of the federal agencies. After the full budget proposal is complete (expected on May 22nd), the President will send the proposal to Congress, where the Appropriations committees will determine whether or not to fund the President's requested amounts. The Congress has wide latitude to approve amounts that are greater or lesser than the President's request for agencies and programs.
1. Agency Funding for Staff and Resources
TU supports adequate funding for agencies that are responsible for conservation of our public lands and fish habitats, including funds for the following agencies:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - includes programs like Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, small watershed grants.
- Department of Interior - includes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Bureau of Reclamation (BOR); National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM);
- Department of Agriculture - includes U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS);
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - includes programs for Pacific Salmon and steelhead recovery; coastal restoration; and flood resiliency projects.
2. Program Funding for Projects and Partnerships
Specific programs within these agencies support the on the ground work that TU and our partners undertake across the country, and are critical to the success of our mission.
TU Project Examples supported by Conservation Program Funding:
These programs represent sound investments in the health of the watersheds that support fisheries resources. Many of these programs provide essential seed money for TU projects, which we leverage with private dollars, as well as state and other federal agency funding to amplify the value of these programs.
Please contact the President and your representative in Congress and urge them to reject continued cuts to conservation programs and agency budgets that are essential to support the conservation of America's fisheries, lands, and waters. Urge them to support the strongest possible funding levels for conservation programs in the FY18 budget and appropriations process, including adequate funding for resource agencies.
For more information on the specific programs and projects that TU is working on with support of federal program partners or funding, please contact Steve Moyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kate Miller (email@example.com).
Vice President for Government Affairs