Clearwater, FL December 21, 2010   Alex Eckelberry, director of the Tampa Bay Conservation League, urges passage of new Omnibus Conservation Bill

The Tampa Bay Conservation League is urging Congress to vote this week on a comprehensive conservation bill (America's Great Outdoors Act of 2010) that would accomplish numerous goals, including permanent authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  

Congress this week may vote on a comprehensive conservation bill that would accomplish numerous goals that the Tampa Bay Conservation League supports, including permanent authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

"Passage of this bill is important, as these worthwhile conservation measures will die when the 111th Congress adjourns later this month," said Alex Eckelberry, director of the TCBL. "Otherwise, the bill will have to be reintroduced when the 112th Congress convenes in January."

The bill does a number of key actions to protect our environment, including permanently authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of America's most successful conservation programs; designating the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico and Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas as units of the National Parks system; designating more than 300,000 acres of new wilderness areas in New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington; expanding several national marine sanctuaries; and designating a number of wild and scenic river reaches.

About the Tampa Bay Conservation League
Founded by Florida technology leader Alex Eckelberry, the Tampa Bay Conservation League is committed to making Tampa Bay a cleaner, healthier environment. To that end, we support a wide range of environmental initiatives locally, at the state level and nationally. More information about TBCL can be found at its website, www.conservetampabay.org or www.eckelberry.com.


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