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This Week at Interior July 11, 2014


July 11, 2014


An in depth look at how the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps support outdoor recreation, local conservation, and clean water projects across the country. In events held from Alabama to Alaska, Secretary Jewell and other Department leaders make the case for full and permanent funding of the LWCF. Also a new report shows the powerful impact the Department of the Interior has on the U.S. economy.


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THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR…

 

WE’RE TAKING AN IN DEPTH LOOK THIS WEEK AT HOW THE *LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND* HELPS SUPPORT OUTDOOR RECREATION, LOCAL CONSERVATION, AND CLEAN WATER PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FIRST ESTABLISHED FIFTY YEARS AGO, THE FUND HAS SINCE CONSERVED LAND IN EVERY STATE, AND SUPPORTED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LOCAL PROJECTS… AND ALL OF THAT *WITHOUT* USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS… INSTEAD THE MONEY IN THE FUND IS MOSTLY GENERATED BY THE FEES OIL AND GAS COMPANIES PAY TO DRILL IN OFFSHORE WATERS OWNED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT THE FUND COULD DRY UP, *IF* CONGRESS FAILS TO TAKE ACTION. 

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS CALLED FOR FULL AND PERMANENT FUNDING OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND IN HIS PROPOSED BUDGET, RECOGNIZING THE FUND AS ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS FOR CREATING AND PROTECTING URBAN PARKS AND OPEN SPACES FOR KIDS TO PLAY AND LEARN. 

 

THE SECRETARY AND OTHER SENIOR DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS MET WITH MAYORS AND STAKEHOLDERS THIS WEEK - FROM ALABAMA TO ALASKA - TO HEAR DIRECTLY ABOUT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND’S  IMPACT ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES… 

 

IN FORT WORTH TEXAS THE SECRETARY JOINED MAYOR BETSY PRICE TO ANNOUNCE THAT NEARLY 44-MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE FUND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ALL 50 STATES, THE TERRITORIES, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR LOCALLY IDENTIFIED OUTDOOR RECREATION AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS..  IN FORT WORTH OFFICIALS HAVE USED THE LAND WATER AND CONSERVATION FUND TO HELP MAKE THE CITY’S GATEWAY PARK A PRIME DESTINATION FOR RECREATION, WITH HORSE, HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS, SOCCER FIELDS, CANOEING AND KAYAKING AND FISHING… 

 

FROM FORT WORTH IT WAS ON TO EAST LAKE PARK IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA… THE SECRETARY JOINED BIRMINGHAM MAYOR WILLIAM BELL TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND ON PLACES LIKE BIRMINGHAM TO ENCOURAGE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND BOOST LOCAL ECONOMIES.  ONE ANALYSIS SHOWS THAT FOR EVERY $1 INVESTED THROUGH THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, $4 IS RETURNED TO LOCAL ECONOMIES.

 

AND IN RICHMOND VIRGINIA THIS WEEK SECRETARY JEWELL ANNOUNCED THAT 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUNDING WILL BE USED TO PRESERVE AN ADDITIONAL 285 ACRES ON THE GAINES MILL BATTLEFIELD AT RICHMOND NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK.  THIS NEARLY QUADRUPLES THE HALLOWED GROUNDS THE PARK WILL NOW FOREVER PROTECT AND INTERPRET FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS.

 

THIS GAINES MILL PROPERTY, THIS 285 ACRES, WAS A CRITICAL LANDSCAPE WHERE ROBERT E. LEE WIN HIS FIRST DECISIVE VICTORY IN THE CIVIL WAR. HE ESSENTIALLY STOPPED THE UNION TROOPS FROM ADVANCING ON RICHMOND, AND STOPPED THEM RIGHT THERE AT GAINES MILL. SO IT’S AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR HISTORY, AND A GREAT ILLUSTRATION OF HOW THE PRIVATE SECTOR WORKS TOGETHER WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO PRESERVE A CRITICAL PIECE OF AMERICAN HISTORY.

 

IN ADDITION TO THE SECRETARY’S TRAVELS THIS WEEK… DEPUTY SECRETARY MICHAEL CONNOR CELEBRATED COMMUNITY PARK IMPROVEMENTS IN ANCHORAGE ALASKA…. FISH AND WILDLIFE DIRECTOR DAN ASHE WAS IN FLORIDA TO DISCUSS THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE EVERGLADES HEADWATERS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE AND CONSERVATION AREA… AND BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR NEIL KORNZE HELPED CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND WITH AN EVENT ALONG OREGON’S SANDY RIVER. FOR A STATE BY STATE BREAKDOWN OF THE PROJECTS FUNDED BY THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, CHECK OUT DOI.GOV.

 

CAPPING OFF THE WEEKLONG SERIES OF EVENTS, A NEW REPORT OUT THIS WEEK SHOWING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CONTRIBUTED $360 BILLION TO THE U.S. ECONOMY IN 2013, SUPPORTING MORE THAN 2 MILLION JOBS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  SECRETARY JEWELL SAID THE REPORT IS FURTHER PROOF FOR THE NEED TO CONTINUE TO INVEST IN PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT PUBLIC LANDS AND RESOURCES THAT BELONG TO ALL AMERICANS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE REPORT, VISIT DOI.GOV.

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR.