For Immediate Release
April 22, 2005
Fact Sheet: Encouraging Volunteerism and Environmental Conservation
Today's Presidential Action
Today, President Bush Went To Tennessee To Promote Volunteerism And
Herald Environmental Progress.
Background: President Bush Encourages Personal Stewardship And
President Bush Is Dedicated To Building On America's Ethic Of
Stewardship And Personal Responsibility To Improve The Environment.
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Demonstrates Volunteerism's
Potential. The volunteer program at the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park is the largest in the southeast and the third largest in the
nation. In 2004, 2,129 volunteers in the park contributed more than
100,000 hours of service.
- President Bush Is Committed To Cooperative Conservation. The
President's FY 2006 budget includes half a billion dollars to support a
variety of collaborative conservation efforts between the government,
nonprofit organizations, and individuals devoted to environmental
improvement. This funding will be used to restore watersheds, protect
wildlife habitats, construct trails, and assist rural economies.
President Bush Will Continue To Improve The Quality Of Our Air,
Water, And Land.
- Improving Our Air Quality. The Administration is leading the
effort to improve air quality with implementation of the new Clean Air
Interstate Rule, Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule, and Clean Air Mercury
Rule. Additionally, Clear Skies legislation will require power plants
to cut air pollution by about 70 percent. Since President Bush took
office in 2001, air pollution is down by more than 10 percent. In
spite of economic and population growth, America has reduced total
emissions of the six principal air pollutants by more than 50 percent
between 1970 and 2003.
- Restoring American Wetlands. On Earth Day 2004, the President made
a commitment to create, improve, and protect at least three million
wetland acres over the next five years. After one year, approximately
832,000 acres of wetlands have already been preserved. As part of this
effort, President Bush has nearly doubled funding to protect habitats,
conserve water, and improve streams and rivers near working farms and
- Cleaning And Redeveloping Brownfields. During his first term,
President Bush signed historic bipartisan legislation fulfilling his
commitment to clean up abandoned industrial sites to better protect
public health, create jobs, and revitalize communities. Since 2001,
nearly 1,200 brownfields have been restored and prepared for
redevelopment. In upcoming years, the President will increase funding
to convert these once-contaminated sites into parks and places of
President Bush Is Focused On Restoring And Preserving Our National
Parks For Future Generations To Enjoy.
- Park Maintenance Funding Has Increased 40 Percent From 2001 To
2006. To restore the quality of our natural resources and to ensure
that America's national parks remain a great place to gather, President
Bush is fulfilling his five-year, $4.9-billion funding commitment to
address the maintenance backlog in the Nation's parks.
- The National Park Service Has Completed, Planned, Or Has Underway
More Than 4,000 Improvement Projects As Of 2004. This process has
benefited all 49 states with national parks. And the Park Service has
for the first time in its history implemented a system to accurately
measure and prioritize the maintenance needs in our parks to ensure the
most vital needs are addressed first.
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