February brings big wins for land conservation
Special thanks to the Office of Senator Chris Murphy for sharing the following news:
Lands Package (S.47) passed - biggest in over a decade -
Senator Murphy’s Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic Act; the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); the creation of more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness in the western United States; and The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic River Act (protecting parts of seven rivers in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Appropriations bill passed - funds the Department of the Interior -
$20 million for the Highlands Conservation Act ($10 million more than FY18 levels); $435 million for LWCF ($10 million more than the FY18 level); $14 million for the Long Island Sound Geographic Program ($2 million above FY18 level, President’s FY19 Budget proposed elimination); and $26.7 million for the National Estuary Program ($600,000 per estuary)
Plum Island Conservation Act
– Introduced by CT Senators Murphy and Blumenthal along with NY’s senators
- would permanently repeal the law requiring the General Service Administration to mandate sale of the island to the highest bidder.
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