Interior budget would target climate change

By Michael Doyle, Hannah Northey, Rob Hotakainen, Heather Richards, Marc Heller, Jennifer Yachnin | 03/11/2024 02:03 PM EDT

The Biden administration’s fiscal 2025 proposal also would give the department a significant boost.

Interior Department headquarters in Washington.

Interior Department headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/E&E News

The Biden administration on Monday proposed $17.8 billion for the Interior Department in fiscal 2025, a significant — but unlikely — boost over the recently approved allocation of $14.7 billion.

If enacted as written, the budget plan would significantly increase funding for Interior’s tribal programs, a consistent priority for Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the nation’s first Native American to hold the position.

The budget proposal also would reinforce the U.S. Geological Survey’s Climate Adaptation Science Centers, enhance energy-related permitting on public lands and support new National Park Service sites focused on cultures and history.


The park service describes this latter proposal as part of an effort to create a “more inclusive and representative” system of NPS-managed locales.