DC Download: December 2021
It’s sometimes said that Reserves are “the best kept secret in Coastal management.” In our books, 2021 will go down as the year that changed.
With many demands on the federal budget, Congress and the Administration demonstrated their faith that Reserves are partners worth investing in. They’ve provided $77 million for NERRS restoration and conservation over the next five years through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
And now Congress is considering record-breaking funding for the NERRS FY 2022 budget, with a high mark of $34 million proposed for NERRS Operations by the Senate. A budget is a statement of what you value, and these proposed increases underscore how our Reserves, and our time-tested programs, are valued by Congress and our partners in NOAA.
These developments have left the NERRS poised for tremendous growth and change in 2022. And we owe much of this to our NERRA Board and Reserve Friends Groups and Foundations, each backed by members and volunteers that total more than 35,000 people nationwide. We can’t thank you enough.