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Revitalizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Continuing his pledge, the President’s FY 2005 budget proposal once again fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million to support a variety of conservation approaches. The LWCF is a successful Federal-state-local partnership for conservation, having funded land conservation and recreation projects throughout the country with revenues from oil and gas exploration and extraction. Consistent with the purposes of the LWCF Act, programs such as Forest Legacy and the Cooperative Conservation Initiative promote stewardship of natural resources through partnerships rather than Federal land acquisition. The 2005 budget, for example, proposes significant increases for Fish and Wildlife Service conservation grant programs, such as an $11 million increase, or 16 percent over 2004, for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program, and a $20 million increase, or 69 percent over 2004, for the Landowner Incentive Grants program.
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