Wilderness Society staffer defends conservation funding before Congress

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The Wilderness Society testified before a Congressional committee April 16 on the importance of funding America’s wild lands.

Alan Rowsome, director of conservation funding, gave testimony before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. This is one of the committees that determine the annual budgets for National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and other wild lands.

Rowsome urged for 'bold, immediate action' in support of conservation funding, which helps create jobs and protect the well-being of local communities and wildlands.

Among the top funding priorities for The Wilderness Society are:

  •  $600 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program that uses oil and gas payments to conserve wild lands.
  • Ensure that Wilderness areas within National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and Bureau of Land Management lands are properly funded. These areas must have the money they need to maintain trails, fight invasive species, and monitor the effects of climate change
  • Restore the $24 million in cuts from sequestration to the Department of Interior’s Renewable Energy program

Keeping America’s wild lands healthy and vibrant depends on proper funding from Congress.

Already, areas in National Parks and other places are seeing the effects of the budget cuts enacted a few months ago. Congress has the opportunity to reverse some of these cuts, and ensure proper funding for the future.

Photo: Alan Rowsome, The Wilderness Society's Director of Conservation Funding


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