2001 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Committee Approved)

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Virginia Land Conservation Foundation

Item 410 #2h

Item 410 #2h

First Year - FY2001 Second Year - FY2002
Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of FY2001 $0 FY2002 $4,000,000 GF

Page 377, line 35, strike "$30,302,981" and insert "$34,302,981".
Page 379, line 40, after "year", insert "and $4,000,000 the second year".
Page 379, line 45, after "Virginia.", insert:
"Of the portion of this appropriation designated for preservation of farmlands and forest preservation pursuant to §10.1-1020, Code of Virginia, up to $375,000 shall be expended by the Foundation in the form of matching grants to local purchase of development rights programs to aid in securing open-space easements on farmland in support of the Virginia Agricultural Vitality Program as developed by the Department of Agriculture.  No matching grants from such portion shall be made from the Virginia Land Conservation Fund to any local purchase of development rights program for farmlands preservation unless the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services has recommended that the grant be made.  The Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall present recommendations for land conservation funding priorities under the Agricultural Vitality Program to the Board of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation by September 1, 2001."

(This amendment restores $4.0 million in the second year for the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. In an effort to bring together two state programs that address land conservation, the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and the Virginia Agricultural Vitality Program, the accompanying language provides that the portion of the funds which by statute is required to be spent on farmland preservation may be used for land conservation priorities pursuant to the Agricultural Vitality Program.)