Stimulus bills would fund jobs on public lands

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Wildlife, rural communities would benefit

(01/29/2009) - WASHINGTON – Defenders of Wildlife applauds Congressional appropriators for including funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment bills moving through the House and Senate that would provide green jobs to conserve our public lands and wildlife.  The following is a statement from Defenders President and CEO Rodger Schlickeisen:

“This funding would go to crucial projects on our national wildlife refuges, parks, forests and Bureau of Land Management lands. These projects will provide good jobs for local people, many in rural areas, who will work to restore wildlife habitat, clean up abandoned mines and other public safety hazards, remove or rehabilitate environmentally damaging roads, retrofit visitor centers and other buildings for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and meet other backlogged restoration and maintenance needs.  

“These recovery investments for our public lands and wildlife bring both short- and long-term benefits. Our public lands are valuable national assets that have been decimated by shrunken budgets under the previous administration. Public lands are crucial not only to protecting our natural heritage for future generations, but also as economic engines attracting hundreds of millions of visitors and generating billions in revenue for local communities every year.  The work that will be done through the funding in this bill is a long-term investment in maintaining our public lands and the wildlife and other resources they support.  In the short-term these projects will provide desperately needed jobs for tens of thousands of people across the country. 

“We look forward to continuing our work with Congress and the Obama administration to enact this crucial legislation.”

Read more about how stimulus funding can help create green jobs on America’s public lands.

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