Residents of Asheville in North Carolina were excited when The Interior Secretary Sally Jewel decided to pay a visit to the Blue-Ridge Parkway Wednesday last week. This important visit was meant to promote North Carolina as a superb outdoor recreation destination.
Since when it was established in 1965, Land and Water Conservation Fund has offered more than $230 million dollars towards the conservation of outdoor recreation centers in Northern Carolina and also provide support to the outdoor recreation sector but without using taxpayer’s money.
However, if this powerful conservation tool is not reauthorized before it expire next summer, North Carolina stands to lose a lot of money which will negatively impact on its ability to preserve its outdoor’s heritage.
Thankfully, two senators: Kay Hagan and Richard Burr are doing everything possible to protect this important conservation program which has assisted in conserving land which is located along the Blue-Ridge Parkway, French-Broad River park and The Chimney-Rock State park among other public spaces spread all over the state.
“Continuing this outdoor recreation outdoor investment in Carolina is good both for our economy as well as our heritage,” said senator Hagan.
“Available statistics show that outdoor recreation in North Carolina offers $19.2 billion in consumer spending which helps to support about 192,000 jobs. In such kind of an economy, we cannot afford to bring to an end the land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Hagan.
The senators said that it was a great time for the bipartisan delegation of the senate to stop their bickering and support the conservation program.
And in Indiana State, a conservation fund to assist in preserving national treasures has been set up. These conservation efforts will be supported by the Land and Water Conservation Fund which also helps North Carolina preserve its outdoor recreation treasures.
For the last 50 years, this fund has invested heavily in the preservation of national parks, civil war battle fields, ball fields and urban parks, just to name a few.
The money which we used for the conservation is obtained from a portion of drilling fees and not part of taxpayer’s money.
James Brainard, the Mayor of Carmel understands that this conservation tool adds great value and that is the reason he organized and hosted the United States Interior Secretary-Sally Jewel to advocate for the reauthorization of the fund by the senate before it expires next year. The meeting between the mayor and the interior secretary took place at the Monon Community Center East.
Conservation is not just about boosting the quality of life of the residents, but it’s also very important to the state’s economy as it creates more than $9 billion in consumer spending while also supporting more than 100,000 jobs. The law to reauthorize the find currently has the support of 43 senators from both parties.