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This department would face a nearly 3 percent cut under Bush's $10.5 billion budget proposal, but as with all the secretaries whose departments took cuts, Interior's Gale A. Norton said the agency would be able to meet its responsibilities.
Bush wants to provide more money for energy development on public lands, something he has long championed, boosting the department's energy programs by 10 percent to a total of $467.5 million.
On the other hand it would cut $100 million from the current national parks budget, putting funding for national parks at $2.16 billion. The programs that would lose the most money include land acquisition, construction and maintenance.
Tom Kiernan of the National Parks Conservation Association said Bush's proposal does nothing to address the $600 million annual shortfall facing national parks and "likely means . . . higher entrance fees for fewer services in our parks."