President Obama released his 2013 budget request to Congress on Feb. 13, and it contains strong funding for conservation and renewable energy programs. In a tough budget climate like the one that we’re currently in, finding bright spots in the federal budget can be difficult.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) uses fees from offshore drilling permits to acquire critical lands within park, refuge, forest, BLM land boundaries. In Fiscal Year 2010, $266 million has been allocated to LWCF for protection of important places such as the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, and the Lewis & Clark National Forest in Montana, among others listed here.
With Congress back in session, our staff and policy experts have been working full-speed with members of the presidential transition team and with members of Congress to prepare them on steps they can quickly take to right many of the environmental wrongs of the past eight years.