Federal Conservation Funding Priorities for fiscal year 2017
AMC supports the following funding requests for the FY2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. Read our submitted testimony here.
AMC renews our call for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million. This appropriations level would support priority acquisitions and public access projects, including:
- $289 million for the National Park Service ($155 million for State Grants)
- $100 million for the Forest Legacy Program
- $137 million for the US Fish and and Wildlife Service
- $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.
AMC also supports the following funding levels for important conservation and public recreation programs that directly impact local, state and volunteer activities:
- $4 million for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program
- $10.2 million for the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
- $300,000 for New England National Scenic Trail operations, NPS
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.