Conservation Finance

An iconic mountaintop with stunning views of the Connecticut River, Monandnock Mountain in Lemington was the crown jewel of a land deal where TPL acquired 14 separate parcels in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom from International Paper Realty Corporation.

Legislation being considered this week by the House of Representatives will virtually eliminate funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and have drastic impacts on communities across the nation, according to The Trust for Public Land.

As a catch and release, fly-fishing-only trout pond, 241-acre Stonehouse Pond offers anglers a wilderness experience more commonly associated with the North Country than New Hampshire's increasingly urbanized coastal area.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was first established by Congress in 1965 and reauthorized in subsequent years.

Until 2000, Massachusetts communities lacked the legal authority to create a steady funding source for preserving and improving parks and open space.

In the 1990s, the Pennsylvania legislature twice passed measures that generated funding for environmental cleanup and conservation, including the Growing Greener program, enacted in 1999.

Relatively easy access to federal public open space is a leading attraction for new residents of many fast-growing Western communities.

Hawaii's character and economy are closely linked to the land, which is crucial to agriculture, tourism, and community identity.

Historically, Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley has been characterized by dairy barns and blast furnaces, but in recent years it has been transformed by suburban sprawl and traffic congestion.

The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997 to conserve native plant, animals, and habitat throughout the four-state Connecticut River watershed.

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