HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Conservationis a worthy investment

By Jean Scudder, Bangor Daily News

1285 days ago   Article ID# 892700
Original URL

 

The Nature Conservancy

BANGOR, MAINE (Bangor Daily News) - As I sat in the East Room of the White House earlier this month listening to President Barack Obama ask all of us to think of conservation as “something more than politics,” I was proud to call myself a Mainer.

Here in Maine, we’ve long understood the need to work together, putting aside party labels when it comes to protecting our natural resources — for the sake of wildlife and recreation, but also for the farming, fishing and forestry industries that have been the core of our state’s economy.

I went to Washington to represent The Nature Conservancy as government, business and conservation leaders unveiled a plan for how to secure America’s most important lands and waters. Called America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, this plan has been informed by hundreds of thousands of public comments, many from listening sessions such as the one held in Bangor a few months ago.

I was particularly pleased to hear President Obama cite cooperation to protect our privately owned working forests for a variety of uses, an approach that is really a tradition here in Maine. For example, in Grand Lake Stream, the local community is working to secure their timber and outdoor recreation economy by conserving their lake shores, forests and wildlife habitats.

This cooperation — across the full range of government agencies that work on conservation and with countless community groups — makes the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative special. This isn’t a top-down government program. It’s a chance for people to secure funds to save the places that touch their lives, be they remote areas or city parks.

I believe the initiative is charting a better course for us and for future generations. One of the most important investments the federal government can make in local conservation is the full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund that the Obama Administration called for in its 2012 budget proposal.

In Maine, the working forests and waterfronts that help support both tourism and our traditional industries rely upon research and conservation efforts. Innovative partnerships such as the Penobscot River Restoration Project, which seeks to restore native fish while generating clean energy, have earned federal support. Famous destinations such as Acadia National Park and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway have benefited from the fund.

Maine’s quarter-million miles of coast and tens of millions of acres of forest have made it a place where people want to live, work and recreate. We’re lucky to have leaders who have supported this important program. Some members of Congress want to cut investments in programs that protect clean water and keep land productive and healthy. That doesn’t make sense. In the long run, this will cost Americans far more than protection now.

The fund’s goal is to balance the loss of one natural resource — offshore oil and gas — by using a portion of drilling fees to protect important land and water elsewhere. But despite an increase in energy production, funding for land and water protection has been low and unpredictable. The program is authorized to receive a small percentage of offshore oil and gas fee revenue — up to $900 million a year — but most of these funds have been diverted elsewhere.

Congress has an opportunity to fix that. If fully funded at the amount promised more than 30 years ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund can help protect a future for our children, with clean drinking water, good jobs and the same opportunities for outdoor recreation that we’ve enjoyed.

Americans want to keep our waters and lands healthy, but it is great to see that our efforts to do so in Maine is the right approach — through partnership and collaboration we succeed. I am pleased that Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and our Congressional Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree also understand that when our nation invests in its greatest treasure — our natural resources — it is the wisest of investments.

Copyright 2014 Bangor Daily News   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1285 days ago   Article ID# 892700

The Nature Conservancy     View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Nature Conservancy News

Nature Conservancy's new preserve open

33 days ago From Fremont News Messenger  

FREMONT, OHIO - Terry Seidel, Nature Conservancy's director of protection in Ohio, points out plants and wildlife on West Harbor at Great Egret Marsh Preserve. ...

Local Companies Donate Over $300,000 to The Nature Conservancy of Hawai'i

41 days ago From The Nature Conservancy  

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA - With contributions from 49 businesses, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii's Corporate Council for the Environment raised over $300,000 for local ...

Groups help state acquire Plum Creek lands in Cascades

55 days ago From The Spokesman Review 

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - PUBLIC LANDS — The Nature Conservancy has purchased 1,280 acres of timberland from Plum Creek in the Manastash area west of Ellensburg, ...

'Living shoreline' protects creekside

111 days ago From Delmarva Daily Times 

SALISBURY, MARYLAND - Nature Conservancy volunteers Marie Dunlap and Michael Jordan came from Richmond to take part in the event. Jordan said some property owners ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have received this email ...

Save The Bays lauds Nature Conservancy's coral reef farming program, renews support

124 days ago From Bahama Islands Info 

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - A.cervicornis coral fragment at 3 months - Image by Eddy Raphael NASSAU, Bahamas -- A program aimed at replenishing coral reefs by undersea ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have received this email ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Environment News

Action Center

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years: Report

Action: Climate Change

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, were warmer over the past 50 year ...

Tiger poacher Hanumant nabbed in Odisha

Action: Wildlife Conservation

In yet another big catch, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Delhi, on Friday morning nabbed tiger poacher Hanumant fr ...

Realtor builds road through 'sacred' Mangar forest near Delhi

Action: Stop Deforestation

A real estate company has allegedly built a road in the forest near the sacred grove of Mangar Bani off the Gurgaon-Faridabad ...

Shell Records Massive Oil Spill On Its Nembe Creek

Action: Stop Pollution

A major oil spill has occurred at a Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, (SPDC), oil pipeline between the Santa-Ba ...

Poacher caught with backpack full of 299 sea turtle eggs

Action: Save Our Oceans

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating a case of extreme turtle egg poaching after a ma ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.