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FY 15 Interior budget proposes new initiatives

The proposed FY 15 budget for the Department of the Interior includes some potential winners among outdoor recreation programs. The Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for next year on Tuesday, March 4.

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative would come out ahead. The administration proposes increasing its funding by $127.1 million overall from $4.9923 billion to $5.1194 billion. The money would get divided between the National Park Service (NPS), Fish & Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation.

The budget also includes funding to prepare the 2016 Centennial celebration of NPS. The funding would include $30 million for NPS to hire volunteers, including youth and veterans. NPS is asking for $100 million a year for three years for Centennial Challenge Grants to go to national parks for creative initiatives such as getting new people to come to parks, improving visitor services and creating partnerships to work with communities.

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