The overall budget request for the National Park Service in FY2009 is $2.4 billion, based on information released Monday. That is $13.9 million above the enacted FY2008 budget. That’s an increase of just .58 percent. The request for the park service is part of a $10.7 billion request for the Department of the Interior.
There is some brighter news contained within the budget, including an 8 percent increase in the service’s park operations budget.
What does this mean for the national park units in Washington? Good question.
I’ve talked with people from all three of our major national parks and no one has any details yet on specific budget requests for each park. One person said they should learn those details in the next few weeks. Seems to be an odd way of doing business, but we are talking about the federal government here.