SHAHEEN: LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND CRITICAL FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY

At roundtable in Dover, Shaheen discusses importance of Land and Water Conservation Fund with environmental stakeholders

April 18, 2014

(Dover, NH) – This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted a roundtable at NEMO Equipment in Dover with representatives from New Hampshire’s environmental, outdoor recreation and timber sectors to discuss the continued importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for New Hampshire’s economy and environment. The LWCF protects natural resources, outdoor recreation opportunities and working forests in New Hampshire and around the country.

“In New Hampshire we have long recognized the importance of conservation and the economic and environmental benefits that come from supporting outdoor recreation,” Shaheen said. “We are lucky to live in a state with an abundance of natural treasures that draw visitors from all over the world and that have created robust tourism and outdoor recreation industries which support thousands of jobs and contribute billions to the economy.”

Shaheen recently led a bipartisan coalition of Senators in calling for “strong investment” in land conservation programs to help protect continued access to public lands for hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities, which supports millions of jobs in New Hampshire and across the country.

“Protecting New Hampshire’s natural treasures is what’s best for our environment and the economy and will ensure that our outdoor spaces are there for generations to come,” Shaheen added.

Tourism is New Hampshire’s second largest industry. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, the outdoor recreation economy supports 49,000 jobs and produces $4.2 billion in direct consumer spending in New Hampshire.