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Catharine Richert
By Catharine Richert November 4, 2009

Obama keeps his promise on land and water conservation

Buried in President Barack Obama's first budget is increased funding for a program that protects land and water.
The program, known in Washington as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, provides money to the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive land.
Obama talked about the program on the campaign trail, and then budgeted about $420 million for the program once he got in office. That's a 38 percent increase over last year's budget, and puts the administration on track to reach $900 million in funding by 2014, according to the administration.
Congress boosted that figure by $30 million in the Interior Appropriations bill. Obama signed that legislation on Oct. 30, 2009, so we're moving this pledge to a Promise Kept.

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