Gulf Coast Sportsmen's groups will discuss land and water conservation and gulf restoration in the Transportation Bill during a press teleconference scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 10 a.m. (CDT).
Jim Martin, conservation director, Berkley Conservation Institute
Paul Schmidt, chief conservation officer, Ducks Unlimited
Chris Macaluso, coastal outreach coordinator, Louisiana Wildlife Federation
Telephone news conference on land and water conservation funding
The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are currently reconciling two versions of a transportation bill as they work to reach agreement on a final package by the June 30 reauthorization deadline. The Senate's version of the Transportation Bill (S. 1813) includes a provision focused on land conservation and Gulf Coast restoration funding added during floor consideration in March by an overwhelming 76-22 bipartisan vote. The provision ensures that the funds authorized for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) are spent for their intended purpose in each of the next two years and permanently commits 1.5 percent of LWCF to projects that provide public access for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. S. 1813 also includes the RESTORE Act, which directs 80 percent of penalties from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill towards Gulf Coast and Mississippi River Delta restoration.
These two initiatives will work hand in hand to conserve the Gulf Coast region's precious fish and wildlife habitat and maintain its legacy as a "sportsman's paradise." This teleconference will give reporters a chance to hear about the opportunity to secure funding for habitat conservation and outdoor recreation access and will provide examples of the areas that would benefit from funding.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
11 a.m. EDT/10 a.m. CDT/9 a.m. MDT