The Nature Conservancy Honors Congressman David Joyce as a “Supporter of Nature”

The Nature Conservancy of Ohio recently honored Representative David Joyce with its “Supporter of Nature” award.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  | October 24, 2013

The Nature Conservancy of Ohio recently honored Representative David Joyce with its “Supporter of Nature” award.

The award was presented by Josh Knights, executive director, Nature Conservancy of Ohio and Jan Portman and Bill Ginn, trustees of the Ohio program, as they traveled to Capitol Hill to ask Congress to support conservation programs by investing in nature.

“As a freshman Representative Joyce has demonstrated strong support for federal investment in conservation for Ohio’s lands and waters, especially on Great Lakes issues,” said Knights. “We are grateful for his support, since the health of our natural resources, especially Lake Erie, is so critical to our economy, our heritage and our way of life. Representative Joyce is the sponsor of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act 0f 2013, which would authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and reauthorize existing Great Lakes programs and offices.”

While the recent federal government shutdown makes it clear that Congress must address many critical issues, Knights added, the Conservancy is asking that as they move forward, they consider that conservation is a part of the solution to improve our nation’s economy, health and well-being.

“Congressman Joyce is emerging as a fantastic supporter for lands and waters, but there is always more to do. So we’re asking now that all of Congress joins us to sustain funding for conservation programs and complete a new Farm Bill that contains strong conservation provisions,” continued Knights. “These relatively small investments bring big returns for America, and are critical for the economy.”

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). Direct economic impact of outdoor recreation and conservation activities annually in Ohio include $17.45 billion in retail spending, 196,000 outdoor industry jobs, $5.2 million in wages and salaries, $1.27 billion in state and local taxes and $1.14 billion in federal tax revenues. The state ranks 7th nationally in camping spending, 8th in outdoor recreational spending, 18th nationally in biking spending, and 19th nationally in boating spending. 

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Randy Edwards
The Nature Conservancy

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