2019 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hanger
DCR - Critical Staffing Needs for Natural Heritage Division

Item 362 #3s

Item 362 #3s

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2019 $757,446 FY2020 $591,746 GF
FY2019 5.00 FY2020 5.00 FTE

Page 396, line 45, strike "$81,126,611" and insert "$81,884,057".
Page 396, line 45, strike "$127,331,015" and insert "$127,922,761".


(This amendment provides an additional $591,746 from the general fund each year to support five new FTE positions in the Natural Heritage Program. Additionally, start-up and non-personnel costs of $165,700 is provided in the first year. Positions funded through this amendment include two Law Enforcement Conservation Officers to support increased challenges of resource management and public access to Natural Area Preserves in the Shenandoah Valley and Southeast Regions; an Environmental Review Specialist to expedite and expand revenue-generating environmental review services to local and state government agencies, conservation organizations and the private sector; a state Resource Inventory Biologist to conduct critical updates to the agency's aging natural resources field inventory-based data, information and services; and a state Pollinator Biologist to support an array of conservation and development projects in the interest of maintaining and managing ecologically and economically viable pollinator populations in Virginia. These positions and associated non-personnel are the most essential to meet the greatest needs of DCR in these most increasing-demand service areas.)