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Florida Environmentalists Cheer Land Conservation Deal

Conservation groups applaud a new congressional deal to continue funding sites such as Everglades National Park. Credit: David Parsons/iStock
Conservation groups applaud a new congressional deal to continue funding sites such as Everglades National Park. Credit: David Parsons/iStock
July 27, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Environmental advocates are applauding a bipartisan deal announced last Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

It's a 50-year-old program that diverts a small part of the money from oil and gas development and invests it in natural recreation areas.

Jenny Conner Nelms, director of federal government relations for the Nature Conservancy in Florida, says the fund has been worth almost $1 billion to the Sunshine State over the past 50 years.

"In Florida, we've protected places such as Everglades National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Florida National Scenic Trail, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge,” she points out. “They're literally all over the map for Florida."

Over the past few years, the fund has also sent $10 million to Florida via the Forest Legacy Program, which protects working forests that support the sustainable timber industry and recreational access to the forests.

Connor Nelms says maintaining Florida's natural beauty is in the state's best interest.

"Outdoor recreation is essential to our economy here in Florida,” she stresses. “It generates over $38 billion per year and then it accounts for close to 330,000 Florida jobs."

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire Sept. 30 – so backers are now working feverishly to attach it to a bill and put it to a vote in Congress before the deadline.


Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - FL