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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Conserving Our Environment

In New Hampshire, we are blessed with incredible mountains, lakes, and forests. I come from a family that has a long history of supporting conservation and wildlife in New Hampshire, and I cherished growing up spending time on Newfound Lake and enjoying all four beautiful seasons in the North Country. My family continues to appreciate the natural beauty of our state and I am passionately committed to preserving the pristine environment of the Granite State.

The Granite State is home to two National Parks, one National Heritage Area, eleven National Natural Landmarks, and 22 National Historic Landmarks.  This rich natural and historical heritage plays a leading role in the tourism industry that is a main driver of the New Hampshire economy.

Conservation is also a hallmark of New Hampshire history and an important part of managing our forests and farmlands.  I believe that we have a generational responsibility to protect our environment and ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with clean air and clean water.  But I also believe that this important goal will help us strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in America. 

That is why I am working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions like these that will continue to grow our economy while preserving the health and beauty of our environment

  • Defending Wildlife Habitat Grants: I introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill to increase funding for grants to protect wildlife habitat in forests and farmlands.  Although my amendment did not initially pass in the Agriculture Committee, I continued to work with Republicans and Democrats, and my amendment was passed by the full House of Representatives to ensure that farmers and foresters can still count on the support provided by the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). 

 

  • Protecting Conservation Easements: I am a cosponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807) which would make tax deductions and incentives permanent for landowners who permanently retire development rights on their lands.  This will help protect forests, fields, and farms in New Hampshire and ensure that we maintain the natural landscape that defines the Granite State.

 

  • Strengthening the Land and Water Conservation Fund: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important tool in protecting sensitive lands, wetlands, and water bodies—and at no cost to the taxpayers.  I support robust funding for the LWCF and was proud to join many of my colleagues in urging the House Appropriations Committee to support this important program.

 

  • Ensuring the Quality of Our Drinking Water: Clean drinking water is essential to good health. In July 2016, I cosponsored the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2430), which would invest $20 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. 

 

  • Using Sustainable Energy: I am a cosponsor to a Climate Resolution that supports 50% renewable energy by 2030. This bill expresses the need to establish a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030 for the purpose of avoiding the devastating impacts of climate change.

To further my commitment to conserving our environment, I am also a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, the High Performance Building Caucus, and the National Parks Caucus.

 

 

More on Conserving Our Environment

Aug 31, 2020 Press Release

Concord, NH - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Terrill Park, a recreational area undergoing redevelopment along the Merrimack River Greenway Trail.  Kuster toured the site and met with state environmental leaders to discuss the project and critical funding made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Aug 28, 2020 Press Release

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Ranking Member on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced the award of a $38.5 million grant over five years from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) to continue operations at the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC).

Aug 26, 2020 Event

Crawford Notch, NH – Yesterday, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Crawford Notch Highland Center and met with local environmental leaders to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) key role in supporting the protection of the White Mountain National Forest and other public lands and waters.

Aug 18, 2020 Press Release

Concord, NH - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Terrill Park, a recreational area undergoing redevelopment along the Merrimack River Greenway Trail.  Kuster toured the site and met with state environmental leaders to discuss the project and critical funding made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Last year, the City of Concord received a $100,000 LWCF grant from NH Parks and Recreation to complete Phase 1 of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail improvements at Terrill Park.

Aug 18, 2020 Press Release

Concord, NH - Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited Terrill Park, a recreational area undergoing redevelopment along the Merrimack River Greenway Trail.  Kuster toured the site and met with state environmental leaders to discuss the project and critical funding made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Last year, the City of Concord received a $100,000 LWCF grant from NH Parks and Recreation to complete Phase 1 of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail improvements at Terrill Park.

Jul 30, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), Congressman Richard E. Neal (MA-01), Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Congressman James P. McGovern (MA-02) introduced the Scenic Trail Viewshed Protection Act. This legislation will help protect our national scenic trails by requiring stricter evaluation of natural gas pipeline projects that seek to cross these trails or their surrounding viewsheds. 

Jul 24, 2020 Catching up with Annie

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Jul 23, 2020 Press Release

Today, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) held a virtual roundtable discussion with Hubbard Brook climate change scientists to discuss the latest research and findings on climate change. The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is situated in the White Mountains and administered by the USDA Forest Service. The forest is among the longest running and most comprehensive ecosystem studies in the world and is used to study hydrology, ecology, and the management of the northern forests.