The Nature Conservancy Honors Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur as a “Supporter of Nature”

The Nature Conservancy of Ohio recently honored Rep. Marcy Kaptur with its “Supporter of Nature” award.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  | October 24, 2013

The Nature Conservancy of Ohio recently honored Rep. Marcy Kaptur with its “Supporter of Nature” award.

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

“Rep. Kaptur has demonstrated strong support and leadership or federal investment in conservation for Ohio’s lands and waters, especially on Great Lakes issues,” said Knights. “We are grateful for her support, since the health of our natural resources is so critical to our economy, our heritage and our way of life.”

“We are recognizing Rep. Kaptur for her strong support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Farm Bill’s conservation programs, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, all policy priorities during her service in Congress,” he said.

While the recent federal government shutdown made 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.

“Congresswoman Kaptur has been and continues to be 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.

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The Nature Conservancy