YELLOWSTONE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Old Faithful erupted when Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Yellowstone to propose a new parks funding model Thursday. He talked about a new funding plan for national parks.
Vice President Mike Pence visits Yellowstone National Park
During his address to Yellowstone Park and concessionaire employees, Old Faithful erupted behind him.
His event was timed to take advantage of the scene, and after he told his audience about the plan to fund 12 billion dollars in National Parks infrastructure needs.
Pence said a new model would bring money to the parks from energy development.
Pence explained, “Our administration has proposed a new fund that would capture 50% of all the revenues coming off of leases on public lands. and investing those back in National Parks.”
But, when we asked Pence about proposed cuts to National Parks in Trump’s 2020 budget, he answered,
“Our 2020 budget I discussed in my remarks today, and we believe the combination of investments we’re making is exactly the right level.”
Yellowstone visitors who had been blocked from the event by Yellow buses, Park Rangers, and yellow tape, got a surprise visit from the Vice President of the United States. There were about 30 people gathered around him. One woman stepped right up…
Louisiana Visitor Jodi Dean said, “Went up to him, told him God Bless America. He’s doing a great job. We stand strong in Louisiana with him and Trump.”
But, away from the event, another visitor had seen park needs in Yellowstone, and Glacier, where she recently visited.
Emily Brunner from Minnesota said, “I see needs. I think that the infrastructure is clearly from the 1930’s and 40’s. The lack of bathrooms.”
Brunner was not in support of the different funding model Pence proposed. She called it flimsy. And she was not in favor of the Trump budget’s proposed funding cuts to National Parks.
“I would be disappointed in that. Last year we used the fourth grader program to go to some national parks to Acadia and that was really neat. And I know that that program got eliminated this year, and we were disappointed to hear that.”
Most of the visitors said they felt Yellowstone was well managed. One woman complained about on-going construction, and one man from Holland complained that there are too many plastics being used, and thrown away in the park.