Funding increase for Federal recreation programs passed by Congress

 

From Americans for Responsible Recreational Access

 

November 6, 2009

 

 

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Federal agency funding for trails and recreation

By Larry E. Smith, ARRA Executive Director

To be fair about it, not all of the news coming out of the Congress is bad news. We already reported on the FLAME Act being a part of the House-Senate agreement on Interior Appropriations and that the surface transportation program was extended until December 18th.

The other good news coming out of the agreement is the fact that funding for federal recreation programs on public lands has been finalized for FY 2010. The chart that follows provides information about recreation programs for both the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service for FY2010.

 

  FY 2009
Enacted
FY 2010
Request
Conference Conf vs.
2009
BLM (amounts in thousands)
 
    Recreation Resources Management 45,857 49,471 49,971 +4,114
         
    Construction (Roads, Trails, etc) 6,590 6,590 8,626 +2,036
         
Forest Service
 
    Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness 277,535 280,117 285,117 +7,482
         
    Trails
      Maintenance 49,100 61,746 63,846 +14,746
      Construction 31,915 20,335 21,535 -10,380
          Total Trails 81,015 82,081 85,381 +4,366

 

You will note that there is a drop in funding for trail construction between FY 2009 and FY 2010. The high number for 2009 was due to the fact that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided the Forest Service with an additional $1.15 billion for economic stimulus projects. Some of the extra funds went towards trail construction and the FY 2009 budget reflects this increase.


FY 2010 Interior Appropriations Bill provides increased funding for conservation

FY 2010 Interior Appropriations Bill is Finalized

On October 29, Congress wrapped up the fiscal year 2010 Interior Environment and related agencies appropriations bill (HR 2996) that provides major increases for key land conservation programs. The President signed the bill into law the next day.

Here are some highlights from the bill:

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