U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) voted today against an amendment to the Farm Bill that sought to eliminate the Forest Legacy program, which has helped advance public-private efforts to protect thousands of acres of forest in New Hampshire. The Senate voted 21-77 against the amendment.
The Forest Legacy Program is a voluntary, grant-based program for states. It is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which does not use taxpayer dollars. LWCF is paid for using a very small percentage of oil drilling receipts.
"New Hampshire citizens recognize the importance of preserving our state's landscape for the enjoyment of future generations," said Senator Ayotte. "This program helps advance community-based land conservation initiatives that also use state and private resources. Successful Forest Legacy projects can be found across the state, helping to permanently protect New Hampshire's special places."
"The Appalachian Mountain Club greatly appreciates Senator Ayotte's vote to support the Forest Legacy Program. This program is a vital tool for landowners to conserve forestlands for their multiple uses, including as destinations for active outdoor recreation and sustainably harvested timberlands," said Susan Arnold, the AMC's Vice President for Conservation. "With this vote, Senator Ayotte continues a long legacy of bipartisan support by the New Hampshire delegation on forest conservation issues."
Senator Ayotte voted in March to approve an amendment to the transportation bill that would reauthorize LWCF through 2022.