2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, in 2000, Congress passed a new program titled the Land Conservation, Preservation, and Infrastructure Improvement Program (commonly referred to as the Conservation Trust Fund) as a six-year program that gives baseline funding to a variety of urban conservation and recreation programs, including the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR); and

WHEREAS, The Conservation Trust Fund returns more than sixty percent of its funds to states and local communities; and

WHEREAS, The Conservation Trust Fund encourages and promotes healthy lifestyles, an area of growing concern in our country, by providing Americans with outdoor places to hike, bike, swim, fish, and walk; and

WHEREAS, the Conservation Trust Fund promotes smart growth and livable communities through the development of urban open space and recreation programs that assist thoughtful, planned growth and also empower municipalities to accomplish these objectives through partnerships; and

WHEREAS, last year, the program was underfunded and severe cutbacks in local conservation and recreation programs resulted and without congressional allocations, opportunities for conservation, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation are limited; and

WHEREAS, the need to preserve urban open spaces, and parks and recreational facilities, and preserve America's historic treasures becomes more critical each year due to the demands placed on such facilities by ever increasing populations; and

WHEREAS, for FY 2004, the full and dedicated level for the Conservation Trust Fund is $1.56 billion,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors see, as an absolutely critical need, the full and dedicated funding level of the Conservation Trust Fund, with at least $50 million dedicated to the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program.