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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Thursday, December 17, 2015
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET DEAL INCLUDES REAUTHORIZATION OF LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

Federal spending bill being considered by Congress would ensure conservation efforts continue to be funded

Farmingdale, NY—On Tuesday Congress struck a budget deal on the omnibus appropriations bill, which is expected to pass in the coming days. It includes a 3-year reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), with a $450 million appropriation in 2016. Since 1964, the LWCF has been critical to maintaining natural areas, protecting water resources, and to providing recreational opportunities across the nation. The program utilizes revenues from offshore oil and natural gas drilling to carry out conservation initiatives such as preserving parks, open space, forests, and wildlife habitats. In addition to environmental benefits, the LWCF programs for outdoor recreation promote economic development and create jobs in local communities. New York has received approximately $319 million from the LWCF over the past five decades.

In response to the agreement on LWCF Reauthorization, Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE), said the following:

“From national forests, to state parks, to public access, to critical wildlife habitats, it is hard to find a county that has not benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This program has seen unprecedented success in ensuring our natural resources are protected and recreational opportunities are abundantly available. The reauthorization of the LWCF is a step in the right direction to prolonging its success.

We thank the New York delegation for their support of the LWCF, and particularly Representatives Gibson, Israel, Katko, Zeldin, Stefanik, as well as Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, for their leadership in ensuring LWCF reauthorization was included in the budget deal. We look forward to its imminent passage and furthering conservation efforts across New York and the nation.”

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by hring  12/17/15