USDA to Invest $218 Million in Land and Water Conservation

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack said funds will support rural economic recovery.

At the end of last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it would invest $218 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act. According to the USDA Press office, this act aims to “conserve critical forest and wetland habitat, support rural economic recovery, and increase public access to national forests and grasslands.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the federal funds will build “on the proud private land stewardship traditions of farmers, ranchers, and forest owners,” and that “the investments will not only protect our natural heritage, they will also create jobs, expand access to the outdoors, and help tackle climate change.”

The USDA said that some of the funds provided by Congress will go to state and local agencies, allow the federal government to purchase additional land for conservation, and to assist private landowners through conservation easements.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to be at work through the leaders of the USDA as they work to act as good stewards over the nation’s public lands.
  • For Secretary Vilsack to seek God’s wisdom as he leads the USDA.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished through Great American Outdoors Act.



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