Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

Interior,Texas,Budgets and Deficits

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has announced during a stop in Fort Worth that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide.

Jewell joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and other officials Tuesday at Fort Worth's Gateway Park to announce the distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Offshore oil and gas royalties support the fund. Over 50 years, it has paid for more than 42,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, greenways, trails and open spaces. But it's scheduled to expire next year unless reauthorized by Congress.

President Barack Obama is urging permanent funding in his proposed budget. Federal officials say the fund has proven effective at creating and protecting urban parks and open spaces.

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