December 23, 2022 - Conservation Lands Foundation released the following statement in response to Congress passing the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes a significantly increased investment in caring for America’s National Conservation Lands. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature.

The bill includes $61.599 million, a 25 percent increase in funding, for the Bureau of Land Management to better care for and manage the system of National Conservation Lands. With this funding, the Bureau of Land Management will be able to:

  • Inventory, monitor and protect Indigenous and other cultural resources against vandalism and other threats.
  • Restore fish and wildlife habitat after years of neglect.
  • Improve visitor experience, recreational infrastructure and rural economic recovery.
  • Reclaim degraded lands and waters for climate change mitigation.

David Feinman, Government Affairs Director of Conservation Lands Foundation marked the moment with the following statement: 

“This is a moment to celebrate. We thank Congress for approving this historic and necessary investment in America’s National Conservation Lands and the agency that manages them. We especially thank Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), who led advocacy efforts in support of this funding increase in the House and Senate, respectively, for their leadership in the 117th Congress to ensure this outcome. 

Since 2006, the National Conservation Lands system has nearly doubled in size, growing by more than 100 units and 11 million acres. While a large gap continues to remain between the expansion of National Conservation Lands and funding to adequately care for them, this investment is a strong step toward resolving the historic lack of funding. 

This is a victory for community-based organizations around the country that helped catalyze congressional action and we look forward to building off this momentum and increased investment in the years ahead.”

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About Conservation Lands Foundation

Conservation Lands Foundation leads the only national movement of grassroots advocates to protect, restore and expand National Conservation Lands. CLF is headquartered in Durango, Colorado with field offices throughout the West and in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit conservationlands.org.

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We’re the only nonprofit leading a national movement of community-based advocates who care for America’s NATIONAL CONSERVATION LANDS of natural, historical, cultural and recreational significance.
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