The Fund’s President & CEO, Larry Selzer, Responds to Pres. Obama’s Commitment to National Conservation in FY12 Budget Request

February 17, 2011

Larry Selzer

Arlington, Va. — On behalf of The Conservation Fund, I commend President Obama and his outstanding team for the Administration’s leadership to conserve our nation’s natural resources—our core infrastructure —to maintain our quality of life and advance our economy.

The President’s commitment to fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund and engaging young people in conservation and other important federal programs will help our nation achieve its highest potential for economic development, public health and quality of life for all Americans.

For over 100 years, our nation has invested in building a nationwide infrastructure of parks, forests, refuges and working farms and forests. Today, outdoor recreation supports 6.5 million jobs and generates $730 billion annually to the U.S. economy. Today’s announcement, in conjunction with the recently released President’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget request, makes critically important investments to keep this natural infrastructure intact.

We strongly support this important initiative. By keeping America’s natural infrastructure sound, we can ensure that future generations enjoy the same quality of life that we do today.

The Conservation Fund is the only American non-profit with a dual charter for both environmental protection and economic development.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected more than 7 million acres across America.