Federal Funding in Jeopardy
The Last Green Valley was designated as a National Heritage Corridor by Congress in 1994 because of the region’s unique natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources. Spanning 1,100 square miles in 35 towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts, The Last Green Valley is still 77% forest and farm and is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.
President Trump’s proposed FY18 budget eliminates funding for all 49 National Heritage Areas nationwide. If you love where you live, work, and play, we need your help!
Please contact your Senator and Congressman and let them know that you value The Last Green Valley’s work in your community.
Over the last 20 years, The Last Green Valley has:
- Distributed more than $3.5 million in grant funding for historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, and economic development.
- Leveraged an $11 million dollar federal investment into more than $250 million in state, municipal, nonprofit and private dollars to benefit the Corridor.
- Developed signature events like Walktober and Spring Outdoors that drive tourism to the region.
- Established robust programs that make a difference, from water quality monitoring and forest conservation to soil health, agricultural sustainability, and land use education.
- Spearheaded a coalition that successfully achieved National Recreation Water Trail designation for the Quinebaug, Willimantic, and Shetucket Rivers.
- Inspired thousands of kids and adults to care about where they live through Acorn Adventures, classroom and camp visits, outdoor recreation, and community cleanups.
Please call your Congressman and thank him for signing on to a bipartisan letter supporting the National Heritage Areas Program:
- CT Congressman Joe Courtney – Norwich 860-886-0139; Washington 202-225-2076
- MA Congressman Jim McGovern – Worcester 508-831-7356; Washington 202-225-6101
- MA Congressman Richard Neal – Springfield 413-785-0325; Washington 202-225-5601
Please call your Senator and ask him or her to support full funding for the National Heritage Areas Program:
- CT Senator Richard Blumenthal – Hartford 860-258-6940; Washington 202-224-2823
- CT Senator Chris Murphy – Hartford 860-549-8463; Washington 202-224-4041
- MA Senator Ed Markey – Boston 617-565-8519; Washington 202-224-2742
- MA Senator Elizabeth Warren – Boston 617-565-3170; Washington 202-224-4543
Thank you very much for your help!
Together we can care for, enjoy, and pass on The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor!
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