Conservation funding

Chances are, your favorite outdoor memories aren’t just of the places you’ve been—they’re also about the people who’ve joined you for the adventure.

Voters across the nation approved local and state ballot measures providing more than $6 billion for land conservation, parks, and restoration, The Trust for Public Land announced Tuesday night. Many of the ballot measures called for tax increases or bonds.

Update—November 9, 2016: Americans voted overwhelmingly in support of parks this Election Day. Of the 86 park, conservation, and restoration measures that appeared on ballots across the country, 68 passed.

The Trust for Public Land, working with its lobbying and campaign affiliate known as The Conservation Campaign (TCC) assists community leaders and citizen groups with campaigns to win voter approval of ballot measures for parks and land conservation. These are ballot measures that TCC has supported to be put on local and state ballots for 2016.

The Trust for Public Land today strongly supported President Obama's proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which includes continued investments in our nation's parks and public lands, water, recreation and working landscapes that support local economies. The budget proposes the maximum $900 million for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The Trust for Public Land today strongly supported a proposal by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to increase the state's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million for the 2016-17 state budget, from $177 million in 2015-16.

The Trust for Public Land today issued a statement as Congress prepares to vote on an omnibus budget bill which includes money for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The Trust for Public Land today opposed a draft bill which would fundamentally change the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America's most successful conservation program.

The Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg recently completed a statewide telephone survey of 601 adult Pennsylvanians to assess public support for state funding to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sites, forests, and farms. The survey results found strong majority support throughout all regions of the state and across all demographic groups for increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if it would cost the average household $10-20 more annually.

Remember Florida's "Amendment 1?" Back in November, citizens in the Sunshine State approved $22 billion in dedicated funds for conservation—the largest such measure in U.S. history.

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