THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE: LASTING PROTECTION FOR OUR NATURAL TREASURES April 22, 1999
Today, in remarks at Shenandoah National Park commemorating Earth Day, Vice President Gore called on Congress to approve the President's Lands Legacy initiative and provide permanent funding to protect America's land and coastal resources. Lands Legacy, proposed as part of the President's FY 2000 budget, includes $1 billion to protect natural treasures and help communities preserve local green spaces -- the largest one-year investment ever proposed for the protection of America's land and coastal resources. To sustain these efforts through the coming century, the President and Vice President also are calling for guaranteed funding of at least $1 billion a year.
Preserving America's Lands Legacy. Over the past six years, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have worked to restore the Florida Everglades, protect Yellowstone from mining, preserve Utah's spectacular red-rock canyons, and save the ancient redwoods of California's Headwaters Forest. Lands Legacy expands these efforts with $442 million for federal land acquisitions. Priorities include:
A Conservation Vision for the 21st Century. Beyond saving America's "crown jewels," we must work to preserve natural wonders in our very backyards. Protecting local green spaces helps improve air and water quality, sustain wildlife, provide families with places to play and relax, and make our communities more livable. Lands Legacy provides $588 million to state and local governments, including:
Guaranteed Funding for the Future. To sustain these efforts in the years ahead, the President and Vice President are calling for legislation to provide a permanent funding stream of at least $1 billion a year, within a balanced budget, beginning in FY 2001. This legislation should: