"Some Republicans Vote To Cut LWCF -- But Quietly Ask for the Money"

"In February 2011, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) voted for an amendment by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) to slash funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 90 percent in the House's spending bill.

But the next year, Hurt urged the Forest Service to use LWCF money to acquire a 292-acre tract of privately owned forest in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, a proposal he said was strongly backed by hikers on the Appalachian Trail. ...

Over the past five years, Hurt, [Phil Roe (R-Tenn.)] and more than a dozen other Republicans have privately lobbied federal land management agencies to support LWCF projects in their districts, according to a records request to the agencies from Greenwire."

Phil Taylor reports for Greenwire April 21, 2014.
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014