PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE:
HELPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAVE PRECIOUS LANDS
February 11, 2000
President Clinton today announces nearly $60 million in new grants to help communities across the country save precious lands -- $40 million in land acquisition grants to create parks and save open space, and $18.6 million in Forest Legacy grants to protect private forest land threatened by development. The President also calls on Congress to approve the Lands Legacy initiative in his FY 2001 budget, which would dramatically increase funding for state and local conservation efforts and make it permanent, so communities can conserve additional lands year after year.
Saving Open Space Close to Home. In the FY 2000 budget, the President secured $652 million for Lands Legacy, an interagency initiative to protect land and coastal resources across America. This includes $141 million for a variety of programs that help state, tribal and local governments protect wildlife, restore urban parks, save threatened farmland, and preserve other local green spaces. Today the President announces funding to states under two of these programs:
Land Acquisition Grants -- A total of $40 million, distributed among all 50 states and the U.S. territories, to develop and acquire land for public recreation. These grants can be used to acquire land or easements for parks, greenways, wildlife habitat, or coastal wetlands. Funding must be matched 50-50 by states, resulting in a total investment of $80 million. This is the first year since 1995 that Congress approved funds for this program. The funds are allocated among the states primarily according to population.
Forest Legacy Grants -- A total of $18.6 million for 29 projects encompassing nearly 250,000 acres in 19 states and territories. These competitive grants are used to protect private forest land that provides critical wildlife habitat and is threatened by development. Protected lands can continue to be used for forestry and other compatible activities. States must provide at least a 25 percent match, resulting in a total investment of $25 million or more. Major projects this year include:
$40 Million in Land Acquisition Grants in FY 2000*
February 14, 2000
President Clinton today announced $40 million in land acquisition grants for all 50 states and the U.S. territories. The grants can be used to acquire land or easements for parks, greenways, wildlife habitats, or coastal wetlands. Funding must be matched 50-50 by states, resulting in a total investment of at least $80 million.
*Land acquisition grants are apportioned among the states and territories primarily according to population. Authorizing legislation allows the Secretary of the Interior to reserve a portion of the annual appropriation for critical projects. This year’s contingency fund of $2 million is being committed to the state of Maine for the purchase of high-priority conservation easements or other interests in lands.
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