Highlands Conservation Act

Protecting the highest valued conservation areas in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands of NJ, NY, PA and CT

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Highlands Conservation Act

AMC support the Highlands Conservation Act, a land conservation program funded through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund that protects the highest valued conservation areas in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

In November 2004, the landmark Highlands Conservation Act was passed. The Highlands Conservation Act "recognizes the importance of the water, forest, agricultural, wildlife, recreational, and cultural resources of the Highlands region, and the national significance of the Highlands region to the United States."

The Highlands Conservation Act authorizes Congress to spend up to $10 million a year in federal matching funds for land preservation and protection in the Highlands states (PA, NJ, NY, CT), as well to spend $1 million a year for USDA Forest Service research and technical assistance programs.

In 2014, Congress failed to re-authorize the Highlands Conservation Act and the program expired. AMC is supporting legislation to reauthorize the federal Highlands program through 2023 (H.R. 894/S.2652).