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Passage of Historic Conservation Bill Delayed; the Need To Conserve on Private Lands Grows

Passage of Historic Conservation Bill Delayed; the Need To Conserve on Private Lands Grows

The House was set to vote to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide nearly $1B annually for parks and other conservation, but a group of Western Republicans has raised procedural hurdles that will delay final passage until late July, The Hill reported yesterday And, a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) urges the United States to launch a major effort—a “Race for Nature” — to help the nation’s agricultural producers, who are facing a bleak economic future, by increasing opportunities to pay them for their conservation efforts.

Why This Matters:  As the CAP Report explains, “Family farmers and ranchers need lifelines…Bold and swift investment in nature conservation can provide one.”

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Confederate Monuments Must Go. Parks Must Be For Everyone.

Confederate Monuments Must Go. Parks Must Be For Everyone.

By Monica Medina and Miro Korenha Monuments have been much in the news lately. In Decatur, Georgia on Thursday night, thanks to a Judge’s order, the county finally took down the Confederate Monument in the central square.  It is one of a few monuments to the Confederacy remaining in Atlanta.  State law protects them, unfortunately, […]

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Interview of the Week: Gary Strieker, Executive Producer, This American Land

Interview of the Week: Gary Strieker, Executive Producer, This American Land

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Park Service Closes Shenandoah National Park But Some DC Monuments Remain Open

Park Service Closes Shenandoah National Park But Some DC Monuments Remain Open

The National Park Service continues to close parks on a piecemeal basis, this week Shenandoah National Park closed, but even after an appeal from D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) to close them before the weekend crowds descend, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials in Washington, D.C. remain open.

Why This Matters:  Delegate Holmes Norton is right when she argues that “Federal agencies must do their part to flatten the curve,” but the Park Service is certainly not leading by example. 

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The Blue Ridge Parkway:  Built by the CCC and Now Protected By the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Blue Ridge Parkway: Built by the CCC and Now Protected By the Land & Water Conservation Fund

The Blue Ridge Parkway — first conceived in 1933 to connect Skyline Drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — is a feast for the eyes, designed by landscape architects specifically to showcase a variety of vistas and views.  But preserving them requires conserving parcels along the boundaries of the Park, which, as This […]

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After Slashing Its Budget, President Trump Now Wants Congress To Permanently Fund Parks

After Slashing Its Budget, President Trump Now Wants Congress To Permanently Fund Parks

Although he has repeatedly called for cutting its funding by as much as 97 percent year after year including in his most recent budget proposal, on Tuesday President Trump called on Congress to pass a law to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

Why This Matters:  President Trump is no friend of land conservation — it is tragic that he has vastly increased oil and gas drilling on public lands and even in formerly protected areas, but based on this one tweet will now argue that he supports parks.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

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New Report Urges Congress to Permanently Fund “America’s Best Conservation Program”

New Report Urges Congress to Permanently Fund “America’s Best Conservation Program”

A new report published yesterday by the Surfrider Foundation documents the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to America’s conservation legacy by showing how the special places supported by the Fund over its 55-year history have become the “heart and soul” of numerous communities — “protecting unique ecosystems and cultural resources, providing solace and recreation, and contributing extensively to our nation’s economy.” 
Why This Matters:  Without permanent funding, the LWCF is likely to continue to be a “political hostage” — used as a bargaining chip in whatever battle is brewing in Congress.
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