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Date:         Mon, 17 Jul 2000 10:38:45 -0500
Reply-To:     EJ Williams <EJ_Williams@MAIL.DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Sender:       Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         EJ Williams <EJ_Williams@MAIL.DNR.STATE.GA.US>
Subject:      CARA Update
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CARA Update

Items in this update:

- CARA Moving Ahead in Senate - Highlights and Details of Senate Agreement

CARA MOVING AHEAD IN SENATE

Today, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Democrat Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) announced they have reached agreement after weeks of negotiations on a compromise version of HR 701 that will head to the Energy committee next week for a markup and vote. The markup will take place next Tuesday in 366 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg (time TBA) and may run into Wednesday. The committee has not yet determined if it will be covered by webcast. We will keep you posted.

THIS COMPROMISE IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT AND COMES JUST IN TIME TO KEEP THE CARA BALL ROLLING IN THE SENATE. WE ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THE AGREEMENT. IT INCLUDES MANY OF THE WILDLIFE TITLE CHANGES WE REQUESTED. NOW WE NEED TO MAKE SURE CARA GETS OUT OF THE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

PLEASE ASK YOUR SENATORS TO URGE THEIR COLLEAGUES ON THE SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT THIS COMPROMISE WITH NO AMENDMENTS OTHER THAN THOSE SUPPORTED BY BOTH MURKOWSKI AND BINGAMAN. STAY TUNED FOR ACTION ON MONDAY.

The agreement, which will be called the Conservation and Reinvestment Act, uses HR 701 as a base and includes several substantial changes, many of which came from Sen. Bingaman's bill, S. 2181 and other OCS reinvestment

bills.

TITLE III HIGHLIGHTS - $350 million - formula: 2/3 population, 1/3 land area - 75:25 state/federal match (no 90:10 phase-in match) - minimum floor for state funding raised from 1/2% to 1% - includes conservation strategy language - gives priority to "species with the greatest conservation need" - maintains 10% recreation funding cap - includes law enforcement funding with 10% cap - 2% for FWS administration of fund - 2.25% for Indian tribes - no funding for NAWCA

OTHER COMPROMISE HIGHLIGHTS - Title I (Coastal Programs) funding was slightly reduced and divided into three coastal programs, including a new coral reef protection program. - Title II fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million (50/50 federal/state split). Projects in the federal of side of LWCF, similar to the House bill, will receive automatic funding like the rest of CARA, but will go through the annual appropriations process for project approval. - Annual funding for the entire CARA bill is CONTINGENT upon Congress spending the full $450 million for federal LWCF projects. This is a safety mechanism to ensure that federal LWCF funds are fully appropriated. - Endangered species habitat funding was removed, however $100 million was provided for conservation easements through Forest Legacy and Farm and Ranchland Protection programs which will in many cases will preserve land inhabited by endangered species. - Historic preservation funding increased from $100 million to $150 million. - Federal and Indian lands restoration was reduced from $200 million to $125 million and is now focused primarily on national parks. - Funding for the Youth Conservation Corp and Forest Service rural assistance has been added. - Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) is fully funded.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sara Marinello, Deputy Campaign Director International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Tel. (202) 624-7890 / Fax (202) 624-7891 Email: saram@sso.org

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