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Federal Conservation Funding Priorities for fiscal year 2017

AMC supports the following funding requests for the FY2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, including:

  • $900 million for land conservation funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, including:

    • $289 million for the National Park Service ($155 million for State Grants), which includes funding for:
      • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New York

    • $100 million for the Forest Legacy Program, which includes funding for:

      • West Quabbin Woodlands, Massachusetts

      • Beebe River Uplands, New Hampshire

      • Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area, New Jersey

      • Fort Ann Working Forest, New York

      • The Northeast Connection, Pennsylvania

    • $137 million for the US Fish and and Wildlife Service, which includes funding for:

      • Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

      • Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsylvania

    • $108 million for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Cooperative Endangered Species Program

    • $128 million for the US Forest Service

    • $10 million for the Highlands Conservation Act, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut

    • $4 million for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

    • $10.2 million for the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program

These programs are essential to a healthy, happy and thriving population and provide economic, ecological and recreational benefits to Americans across the county. There is a great need to fund these programs at the above requests and to work towards their full funding. The availability of public open space amid the populous Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions benefits the well-being of the regions' citizenry and economy.