HSCF JOINS OTHER CONSERVATION GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL LAND TRANSACTION FACILITATION ACT
HSCF joined other NGO’s and Conservation Organizations requesting David Bernhardt, Secretary of Interior, Department of the Interior, to fully implement the now-permanently reauthorized Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA). FLTFA is a critical western lands program that will facilitate modified land exchanges and increase public access and recreation, when fully implemented. Included in recommendations for implementation was the request to delegate authority for land acquisition decisions.
FLTFA is a common-sense public lands tool that achieves economic and conservation goals with broad bipartisan support across the West. Originally authorized in 2000, FLTFA expired in 2011 and was permanently reauthorized in 2018 (P.L. 106-248). FLTFA facilitates strategic federal land sales by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to provide funding for high-priority land conservation within or adjacent to federal lands in the eleven contiguous western states and Alaska. Under FLTFA, the revenue generated from BLM land sales must be deposited into the Federal Land Disposal Account, as opposed to the U.S. Treasury, to allow BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to pursue land conservation projects that increase public access for outdoor recreation, hunting, and fishing; conserve wildlife habitat; protect water quality; and preserve historic and cultural resources. Furthermore, BLM will have additional funding to conduct sales and other administrative real estate work, increasing staff capacity. Once fully operational, these FLTFA land sales and acquisitions will again provide a critical tool for consolidating private and public land ownership, allowing for more efficient land management and expanded business operations. Recommendations to Secretary Bernhardt further noted that the BLM, working with its partner agencies, must fully implement the law, beginning with finalizing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between these agencies.
SUPPORT MODERNIZING THE PITTMAN-ROBERTSON FUND FOR TOMORROW’S NEEDS ACT
HSCF joined other NGO’s and Conservation Organizations in providing a letter to Senator John Barrasso, Chairman, Committee on Environment & Public Works and Senator Thomas Carper, Ranking Member, Committee on Environment & Public Works, requesting support of S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement Act.
S. 3051 includes numerous conservation provisions passed y a bipartisan group within the Environment and Public Works Committee. These provisions include:
- Reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) at $60M annually through Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. Leveraging private matches to federal funds at a rate of 3:1, NAWCA has improved over 30 million acres of wetlands since its enactment, making it one of our nation’s most effective voluntary conservation programs.
- Establishment of a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-led task force to address the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD has thus far been detected in 26 states. Ensuring that states have a coordinated plan to research, surveil and manage the spread of the disease is critical to containment.
- Codification of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). Since 2006, the NFHP has overseen over 840 projects to benefit fish habitat and populations. Codifying the program will serve to ensure future funding for the NFHP.
- Modernization of the Pittman-Robertson (PR) Fund. S. 3051 would amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to allow states greater flexibility in the use of funds to recruit and retain sportsmen and women. The American model of conservation is dependent upon a strong population of hunters and anglers. It is thereby critical that states are afforded the ability to utilize trust fund dollars to recruit, reactivate, and retain hunters.
- Reauthorization of the Chesapeake Bay Program at $90M through FY2025, as well as authorization and funding to carry out recommendations put forth in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
- Authorization and $15M in annual funding to support coordinated research and monitoring of binational fisheries within the Great Lakes Basin through FY2025.
The passage of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act will not only have wide-ranging ecological impacts but will facilitate outdoor recreation on behalf of millions of Americans
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