President Obama ups his committment to land preservation

Feb 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Preservation

President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012 was released this morning. While more detailed analyses will start to pop up as the media analyzes the giant budget appendices, the total committment for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is $900 million (full funding) for LWCF.

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) $50 million
  • Fish & Wildlife Service $140 million
  • Cooperative Endangered Species Fund $100 million
  • National Park Service (NPS) $360 million
  • Stateside Grant Program ($200 million)
  • Bureau of Mines $25 million
  • Forest Service $90 million
  • Forest Legacy $135 million
  • Total $900 million

Last year’s budget proposal included only $620 million for LWCF, with a commitment to fully fund by 2014.

“Although Congress will chop this document into pieces as it assembles the actual appropriations bills to fund the government, it’s heartening to see the President up his commitment to land conservation when many other programs take hits in the budget,” said Jesse Young, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.

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