Lending Support For National Capital Region Conservation Funding

April 29, 2010

Arlington, VA — Pat Noonan, chairman emeritus and founder of The Conservation Fund and vice chairman and a founder of the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail, testified this week before the House Committee on Natural Resources in support of important legislation that would authorize up to $50 million a year for land conservation in the National Capital Region of Washington, D.C, Virginia and Maryland.

H.R. 2986, the “National Capital Region Land Conservation Act of 2009,” reauthorizes the visionary Capper-Cramton Act of 1930—a conservation program that led to the creation of Rock Creek Park, Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal and Great Falls National Park—to provide up to $50 million per year for five years for the purchase of land for parks, trails and open space.

Introduced by U.S. Representative James Moran of Virginia and cosponsored by members of Congress from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, the bipartisan legislation has received widespread support from just about every state, county, municipality and conservation group within the National Capital Region.

“With the passage of this bill, we can build on the legacy that the Capper-Cramton Act has provided to the National Capital Region for outdoor recreation, scenic enjoyment, water quality and public health,” said Noonan. “We commend Representative Moran and the bill’s cosponsors for their strong leadership to conserve the region’s natural and cultural resources.”

To view Mr. Noonan’s full testimony, click here.

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