Mass Live: U.S. Sen. Ed Markey says he will fight for conservation fund worth $220M to Mass. so far
SPRINGFIELD ‒ U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., expressed disappointment Thursday that the reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expired this week despite having bipartisan support in Congress.
Markey, who penned a July letter with 20 other federal lawmakers calling on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to advance legislation reauthorizing the fund, said he will continue working across the aisle on this issue.
“As our nation continues to deal with the impacts of climate change, LWCF helps protect clean water, preserve wildlife habitat, protect city parks and open spaces and provide outdoor recreation opportunities that pump money into our economy in Massachusetts and across our nation,” he said in a statement.
“LWCF has been a tremendous success over the last 50 years. I will continue to fight in the Senate to make sure that we extend and fully fund this vital conservation program.”
According to the senator’s office, Massachusetts has received around $220 million from the fund over the last 50 years to help protect places like Minute Man National Historic Park and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
The fund’s state assistance program, which provides matching grants to help states and local communities, has provided $95.6 million to Massachusetts for park renovations and land acquisition since 1965.
The fund, which expired Sept. 30, uses revenues from offshore oil and gas to support conservation efforts. It was reauthorized through 2015.