Republican and conservative politicians have a longstanding history of supporting and initiating some of the largest environmental conservation efforts in our nation's history. Although Theodore Roosevelt, known for his love of the outdoors and conservation of over 230 million miles of land, is seen as the champion of such causes, you are able to trace much of our protected areas back to iconic leaders such as Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.
Many of our natural resources and fragile ecosystems exist on private lands. As a solution, some states—like Massachusetts—have crafted tax incentive programs to encourage the donation, or leasing, of private lands for the purpose of conservation. However, nearly three-quarters of states do not have these specifically crafted policies. CFER will work to encourage states to institute tax credits for the donation or leasing of conservation land to permanently protect natural resources, wildlife, and land of public interest. Every state and locality should work towards safeguarding these precious ecosystems, as they become more and more endangered. We, as a country, need to actively work to offset the damages done by conserving what has yet to be destroyed.
Americans are incredibly lucky to have access to our nation's stunning local, state, and national parks. Therefore, CFER supports the continued preservation and funding of our nation's public land. Local, state, and federally-funded land provides many economic benefits. In fact, spending at National Parks supported around 295,300 jobs and provided $32 billion worth of economic output alone in 2015. Additionally, over 307 million tourists traveled to National Parks in 2015. On the conservation side, public land serves to protect our nation's beautiful biomes and wildlife from extinction. Thousands of plants and animals rely on our public land for survival. CFER encourages policies to extend and maintain protection of our public land.