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The Nature Conservancy Supports State Funding

Budget Recommendations Will Help Improve Ohio’s State Parks and Natural Resources

Statement from The Nature Conservancy

Leaders of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today announced their support for provisions in the proposed Senate budget that will increase investment in Ohio’s state parks and natural resources.

“We are pleased to see the Senate, House and Governor DeWine working together to preserve, protect and provide for a strong future for our natural resources in HB 166, the biennial budget for the State of Ohio,” said Bill Stanley, state director of Ohio for TNC. “The investments in our parks, waterways, forests and the exciting new H2Ohio Fund proposal to dedicate funds to water quality in the budget are important for our quality of life.”

Stanley noted that further funding like this is critical at a time when Ohio faces significant challenges to its natural resources, especially water quality.

“These investments support one of the most important drivers of economic growth in our state – the outdoor recreation economy, which generates $24.3 billion in consumer spending, provides 215,000 jobs, and $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue in Ohio,” Stanley said.  “From Lake Erie and the Oak Openings Region to the Ohio River and Wayne National Forest, Ohioans and visitors alike appreciate our natural beauty and the shared commitment by our leaders will provide long-lasting benefits.”

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