Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge’

Bill would fully and permanently fund federal LWCF

November 9, 2009
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Photo: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Conservationists are praising a bill introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus that would fully and permanently fund the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund at its congressionally authorized $900 million level. 

The LWCF was created in 1965 and is financed by revenues from offshore oil and gas royalties.  It has received full funding only once in 1ts 44 year history.  (Last year, only $155 million was appropriated.)

Above photo is of Timber Point, 110 acres in Biddeford, Maine,  that TPL will add to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife refuge with help from a current LWCF appropriation. 

LWCF press release on TPL’s website

More about LWCF on TPL’s website

Story about the protection effort at  Timber Point from seacoastonline.com 

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Dump oil – conserve land

September 25, 2009

We wouldn’t encourage anyone to dump oil in the ocean.  But if you do it, and get caught, we are glad some of the penalty money is going to conservation.  According to the Portland Press Herald, the Overseas Shipholding Group pleaded guilty to dumping off of three states, including Maine, where a portion of a $37 million fine is going to studying alewife, restoring fish runs, and removing derelict lobster traps.  Another $200,000 will go toward adding 110-acre Timber Point to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.


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