July 01, 2021

Neguse Amendment to Establish Community Resilience and Restoration Fund to Support Public Lands and Protect Wildlife Passes the House

Washington D.C.— Today, an amendment introduced by Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, to establish a community resilience and restoration fund passed the House as an amendment to the INVEST in America Act. The amendment would authorize $100 million annually for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create the Community Resilience and Restoration Fund to protect, conserve, and restore public, private and tribal lands where there are fish, wildlife and plant habitats and natural areas in order to enhance biodiversity and build climate resilience on these lands. Grant funding made available through the program would be designated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Secretary of Interior. The amendment also requires a 5-year report to assess the impacts and benefits of the project.  

“We are so pleased to see this amendment pass with the INVEST in America Act to establish the Community Resilience and Restoration Fund to restore our public lands, protect wildlife and biodiversity and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our communities,” said Congressman Neguse. “The Community Resilience and Restoration Fund is such an important tool in supporting eligible projects and activities for our underserved communities and will support my efforts as Chair of the Public Lands Subcommittee, to support Colorado public lands and restore our communities.” 

“We’re pleased to see that the fund established by Congressman Neguse's amendment would build more resilient communities and habitat in the face of climate change, particularly by prioritizing natural infrastructure solutions and improving biodiversity,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “Mitigating the predictable and costly impacts of climate change is only one half of our national challenge. Improving habitat to make our ecosystems more resilient to the threat itself is the other half, and this amendment helps us do both.”

The Community Resilience and Restoration Fund would provide funding to eligible entities through a competitive grant procedure in accordance with procedures established pursuant to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act. The Fund would also ensure that funds are made available to historically underserved communities including Tribal communities, communities of color and rural communities.