2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Kilgore
Co-Patron(s): Campbell, Landes, Morefield, O'Quinn, Pillion
DCR Natural Heritage Areas (language only)

Item 364 #4h

Item 364 #4h

Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation


Page 315, line 21, strike "$500,000" and "$500,000"and insert:

"$2,948,129" and"$2,948,129".


(This amendment provides an additional $2,448,129 in each year for the Natural Heritage Program in support of active Natural Area Preserve and Natural Heritage Resources conservation across Virginia and the Commonwealth's 62 Natural Area Preserves as recommended by the Board of Conservation and Recreation in its October 2014 re-benchmark. Since 2002 the Natural Area Preserve System has grown by 34 natural areas, 100 tracts of land and 36,943 acres while total staffing for the program has shrunk from 48 to 43 FTEs. These funds would support an additional 24 FTEs and provide funding for additional operating expenses to fund boundaries, gates, gravel for roads and parking, trails, signage, law enforcement, invasive species control, fire management, habitat restoration, hunting.)