“Bipartisan Bill to Bring Funds to National Parks”
Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, writes:”…….America’s National Park System in the envy of the world; it is a collection of 417 park units like Yosemite and Yellowstone, representing America’s best idea. Our parks tell the story of our nation, ranging from the origins of the American conservation ethic, to our sacred battlefields, to the Civil Rights Movement. Quite frankly, our American park system represents our American values.
Last year, our parks had 330 million visitors, with more visitors expected this year. Unfortunately our park system has been neglected and is in need of rebu8ilding. We are loving our parks to death. The backlog of critical maintenance and repairs in the National Park Service stands at $116 billion and until recently, addressing the backlog seemed to out of our reach.
But nothing is truly out of reach for America……..Our ability to preserve the splendor and beauty of our National Park System should be a slam dunk.
A bipartisan bill that is now before the Senate would achieve this worthy goal………..
I would like to thank President Trump for his leadership throughout the process. In the president’s 2019 budget request to Congress, he proposed the largest investment in public lands infrastructure in American history. The president is a builder, and his commitment to American infrastructure has provided the path to get us to this point.”
For more information from Secretary Zinke, go to this link:
The 2019 eastern turkey season will open a little later than last year, starting April 22 and closing May 14, to boost bird production and increase population size. Also, the turkey season in Upshur and San Augustine Counties has been closed.
The South Dove Zone will open Sept. 14, a week earlier than in previous years.
The possession limit for squirrel, pheasant and chachalaca is expanding to three times the daily bag limit. For waterfowl hunters, the daily bag limit for pintails will be increased to 2 during the 2018–19 season.
For mule deer, a new experimental antler-restriction regulation in Briscoe, Childress, Cottle, Floyd, Hall and Motley counties restricts buck harvest to bucks with an outside spread between the main beams of 20 inches or more. A 9-day mule deer general season (no archery season) is starting in Lynn County.