News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Environment America Points the Way For Preserving Open Space

As states face tight budgets in the economic downturn, a new report released by Environment America today draws on the experience of 15 states in securing reliable funding for open space programs. Among its key recommendations, Preserving America's Natural Heritage embraces bringing preservation measures directly to the voters – as is happening this fall in Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, and Florida.

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Obama Administration Moves to Protect Forests

Boston – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued an interim directive protecting pristine forests from new logging and drilling. The directive requires his personal approval for any new logging, drilling, or roadbuilding in nearly 50 million acres of our most pristine national forests.   The measure does not protect roadless areas in Idaho. 

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President Obama Signs Lands Bill into Law Preserving Wild Areas in Massachusetts and Around the Nation

Boston, MA - Today, as President Obama signs into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, Environment Massachusetts will be at the White House to witness it.  Once enacted, two million acres of land will be designated wilderness in nine states, which is the largest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 15 years.  However, the package of bills goes beyond wilderness designations.  It also designates national heritage areas, national scenic trails, and national conservation areas.

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Environmental Bond Clears the House

Boston- Late last night the Environmental Bond (now bill H5005) was passed by the House. During his speech introducing the bill, Representative Frank Smizik, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, expressed his appreciation to the Coalition for the Environmental Bond, a coalition of over 260 organizations and businesses across the state, including Environment Massachusetts, that have been working for the bill's passage.

 

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PATRICK-MURRAY BUDGET TO RECOMMEND MORE THAN $100 MILLION FOR PARKS AGENCY

BOSTON – Friday, January 18, 2008 – Governor Deval Patrick is proposing funding of $100.6 million for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in his budget for Fiscal Year 2009 – an increase of $7.7 million, or 8.3 percent, from FY 2008, and $16.7 million, or 20 percent, from FY 2007.

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