Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

Main provisions of the House bill calling for a $45 billion, 15-year conservation spending fund that would spend $3 billion a year:

--$1 billion for impact assistance for coastal areas to mitigate beach erosion, restore wetlands and conserve other coastal ecosystems.

--$900 million for federal and state public land purchases. Money is divided equally between state and federal government.

--$350 million for wildlife conservation. Includes money for protection of both game and non-game wildlife.

--$125 million for urban parks and recreation programs.

--$100 million for preservation of historic places.

--$200 million for protection and restoration of Indian lands and resources.

--$150 million for conservation easements to help ranchers, farmers and other landowners avoid selling to developers; also money for incentives to protect endangered species.

--$200 million for payment to local communities to make up for lost taxes when property is set aside.

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