Feds approve $2M to fund Highlands Act: Money for conservation will be split between 4 states
"We're really delighted. It was great news."
- Erin Hennessy, project spokeswoman
Washington, D.C., USA - The U.S. Department of the Interior has agreed to release $2 million this year for Highlands conservation land purchases in four Northeastern states, including New Jersey, it was announced last night by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.
Six U.S. senators and 19 congressman from the four-state region, including Frelinghuysen - the author of the Highlands Act - sent letters to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne last month urging $2 million included in Bush's fiscal year 2007 budget be appropriated ... Apparently, that pressure got results.