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Conservation groups say budget cuts would be epic | StarTribune.com

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis/St. Paul has a brief overview of what the budget cuts by the feds are going to look like.  Among the proposals of the House proposed budget are:

  • Eliminate funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant program, which over 20 years has protected about 26 million acres of waterfowl habitat in public-private partnerships with landowners, states and groups like Pheasants Forever. Those partners matched the $1 billion in federal allocations with another $2.3 billion.
  • Trims $400 million — 90 percent — from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which comes from offshore oil and gas royalties that, since 1964, have gone to provide recreation and protect parks, forest and wildlife areas. Supporters say the fund generates $4 in economic value for every $1 invested.
  • Cuts 50,000 acres from the federal Wetland Reserve Program, which pays landowners to protect, restore and enhance wetlands. Enrollment would be capped at about 202,000 acres.

These proposals are not finalized. It is important that if you’re concerned about wetland protection and the clean water act that you let your representatives know your feelings. You can discover who your representatives are by going to http://www.congress.org/.  From there you’ll enter in your zip code to find your lawmakers.

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