A dollar spent on conservation is a dollar spent for the benefit of future generations.
And with recent budget proposals, those dollars and the programs they support are in jeopardy.
It’s not just natural resources we support with conservation dollars. It’s jobs. Economies. Every year, more than $107 billion in revenue and 9.4 million domestic jobs are supported by the outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation, and historic preservation economy. Overall, the U.S. Department of the Interior generates more than $646 billion in economic activity annually.
Trout Unlimited staff and volunteers, working closely with our landowner and government agency partners, leverage modest federal dollars many times over to amplify the benefit of our projects. From providing miles of stream side fencing to restoring brook trout in West Virginia, to upgrading irrigation facilities to restore cutthroat trout in Utah and Montana, TU and our partners have conducted dozens of great conservation projects by effectively leveraging federal conservation dollars.
From the local outfitter, to the small-town gas station, conservation dollars create something truly American-based and irreplaceable.
We cannot afford to let the infrastructure of our natural world to fall into disrepair. We must fully fund conservation, the agencies and the individuals whose job it is to stand guard over our natural treasures.Chris Wood
Why are conservation dollars important? Check out places like Hermosa Creek and Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in our “30 Great American Places” project to learn more about the benefit to your public lands.
Hermosa Creek: The Hermosa Creek Watershed comprises 107,886 acres of public lands managed as a combination of wilderness, roadless and special management areas.
Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge: The Green is a ribbon of life amongst this inhospitable terrain, a haven for more than 250 species of wildlife, including many migratory birds.
The proposed FY 2018 budget will have negative consequences for clean water and your fishing if passed by Congress.
Here is TU’s response to the proposed cuts. Contact your representative today and standup for fish, wildlife and clean water.
Proposed cut to EPA budget
Proposed cut to Land and Water Conservation Fund
Elimination of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Elimination of Chesapeake Bay Program