President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he plans to sign legislation to create a National Parks Conservation Act.
Trump is expected to sign the measure into law sometime this week, Axios reported.
The bill would give federal agencies the authority to establish national parks, preserve national forests, restore public lands and waters, and manage the wildlife of the lands.
The bill would also allow the president to designate national monuments and areas.
“It’s going to be great, I’m going to sign it,” Trump told Fox News host Megyn Kelly, when asked about the legislation during an interview Wednesday morning.
“We’re going to have a great deal of money coming in.
The president has said it is going to happen.”
Trump’s remarks came after the White House announced that the Department of the Interior would no longer use the term “national park” to describe the land that Trump and his administration are seeking to protect.
In the first official sign of Trump’s plans to pursue a national park bill, Trump said that he will sign the National Parks Act when Congress returns to Washington next week.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week establishing the National Park Service, according to a White House statement.
After President Donald J. Trump signed the National Monument and Park Plan Executive Order at the White Castle on March 6, 2017, he issued an Executive Order directing the Department to designate, preserve, and protect the parks, lands, and resources of the United States.
The National Park System has been designated as a national historic landmark, national historic marine monument, national monument, or other protected area by the National Historic Preservation Act, and as a conservation area by various federal agencies.