Preservation

Trump should sign Senate Bill 47

A bill awaiting action by President Donald Trump, Senate Bill 47, would do much to preserve and protect some of our nation’s most precious natural resources.

It is an important, multifaceted measure that would, among other things, ensure funding for the vital Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., deserve credit for helping shepherd the bill through the Senate.

But another part of the plan is in a resolution U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced in the House of Representatives.

It is HR 1174, designating the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area. It was approved unanimously by the House.

HR 1174 is a complex measure, but its essence is this: It would establish a federal entity to work with state governments in West Virginia and Maryland to protect, preserve and, importantly, promote some of the most beautiful areas of the two states.

The two westernmost counties of Maryland, along with 16 in West Virginia, are included in the area.

If enacted, the program would provide $1 million a year to enhance state efforts that could develop the tourism economy in our states.

Trump ought to sign it.

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