2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Whipple
Co-Patron(s): Hanger, Reynolds, Ticer
Natural Area Preserve Operating Funds

Item 362 #2s

Item 362 #2s

First Year - FY2009 Second Year - FY2010
Natural Resources
Conservation and Recreation, Department of FY2009 $850,000 FY2010 $850,000 GF
FY2009 6.00 FY2010 6.00 FTE

Page 337, line 24, strike "$49,912,884" and insert "$50,762,884".
Page 337, line 24, strike "$51,412,884" and insert "$52,262,884".

(This amendment provides additional support and positions for the Natural Area Preserves. Currently DCR manages 52 Natural Area Preserves covering more than 42,000 acres with only ten FTE positions and a base budget of $720,000. The preserve system has more than doubled in size in the past six years but funding and positions have actually been reduced. By the end of 2009, DCR is projected to dedicate 15 new Natural Area Preserves with 12,000 additional acres, bring the system total to 67 preserves encompassing over 54,000 acres. This additional funding will ensure that the agency is better equipped to address management challenges including theft, illegal activity, poaching, dumping, invasive species and resource management. This amendment would also provide immediate staff and operational support for the Crow's Nest property in Stafford County, which is one of the East Coast's most highly valued preserves located in an urbanized area with a projected high volume of public utilization.)