The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter honored Congressman Todd Young with its “Supporter of Nature” award yesterday, as the Conservancy’s staff traveled to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to discuss the value of the nation’s lands and waters.
“Congressman Young has long valued and supported efforts to conserve Indiana’s forests and special places,” said Indiana state director Mary McConnell. “We are grateful for his support, since the health of Indiana’s natural resources is so critical to our economy, our heritage, and our way of life.”
Congressman Young met with Conservancy staff yesterday to discuss issues surrounding the conservation of land and water in Indiana, the partners that work together, and the role that government can play while also ensuring a robust hardwood industry.
“Southern Indiana is a great place to live and visit in large part because of its natural beauty,” said Congressman Young. “Our forests, hills, rivers and trees make it a unique part of the state. I’m proud to serve in a capacity where I can advance efforts to preserve the tranquility and serenity of the place I call home.”
While the shutdown makes it clear that Congress must address many critical issues, Congressman Young and the Conservancy agree that conservation can be a part of the solution to improve our nation’s economy, health and well-being.
Nationally, outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation, and historic preservation provide a minimum $1.7 trillion in economic impact in the U.S. and support 12.8 million jobs. (Southwick study, May 2013)
In Indiana, the economic benefits to Indiana from outdoor recreation are $9.4 billion in consumer spending, 106,000 direct Indiana jobs, $2.75 billion in wages, and $705 million in state and local tax revenue. A 2005 report states that Indiana’s forestry and wood product manufacturing is a $7.5 billion industry that employs over 54,000 Hoosiers.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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