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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

IDAHO CONSERVATION PROJECTS RECEIVE SUPPORT

Several Idaho projects included in Interior Appropriations bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several projects for Idaho were supported today by the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies when it approved its Fiscal Year 2006 appropriations bill.

Idaho Senator Larry Craig, a member of the Subcommittee, participated in today’s mark-up of the bill and expressed his pleasure with the support of Idaho projects he requested, “Today the Subcommittee recognized the importance of each of these projects and their significance to Idaho and the nation. Each one helps us conserve our environment and resources while allowing us to wisely use the resources we have.”

The following projects are included in the bill:

  • Idaho’s Strategic Plan for Managing Noxious Weeds $1 million
  • Northern Rocky Mountain/Central Idaho Wolf Recovery $1.5 million
  • Idaho Sage Grouse Management Plan $500,000
  • BSU research on shallow subsurface fluid flow $1.5 million
  • St. Joe Basin/Mica Creek forest conservation $3 million
  • U of I Collaborative Working Forests $500,000
  • Fire Research and Management Exchange System $350,000
  • California Condor Recovery (Peregrine Fund) $400,000
  • Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness conservation $1 million
  • Upper/South Fork Snake River conservation $3 million
  • Singleton-Kilgore forest conservation $650,000
  • Spokane River Bi-State phosphorus study $250,000
Craig commented on the fact that this year’s bill is $760 million smaller than last year’s, “I’m also pleased that this fiscally responsible bill holds the line on spending. Current budget deficits plus our increased needs for homeland security and the war on terror mean the rest of the government has to tighten its belt.”

The House approved its FY2006 Interior and Related Agencies bill on May 19, 2005. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, serves on the House Appropriations Committee.

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