Raise the 2018 Budget for the National Park Service

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If you have ever been to 1 of the 58 national parks, you likely agree with me that the National Park Service manages some of the most awe-inspiring and magical places in the United States.

Trump's administration has proposed a 13% cut to the National Park Service in the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY2018) budget, which will be the largest budget cut since World War II. The National Park Service has stated that this cut would lead to a total staffing decrease of 1,242 full-time staff from 2017. This comes at a time when the National Park Service is busier than ever - 323.6 million people visited in FY2016, an increase of 17% since 2011. The cut in funding may cause parks to open later and close earlier, and certain areas and campgrounds may be shut down. Beyond impacting visitation at parks, the National Park Service also will not be able to provide the same level of  protection for natural and cultural resources.

From the majesty of the Rocky Mountains to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, it is imperative to maintain these natural beauties for years and generations to come.