NACD applauds the United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) recent announcement of the initial list of programs covered under the Justice40 Initiative. The Justice40 Initiative established the goal of directing 40 percent of certain federal investments to benefit disadvantaged communities. Several programs that are included on this initial list are central to the work that conservation districts do across the country to implement conservation and natural resources management. Many of these programs are also included in funding allocations under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
“NACD is pleased to see that ecosystem restoration and working lands programs for historically underserved communities are covered programs,” said NACD CEO Jeremy Peters. “We are also pleased to see the focus on the Brown Tree Snake Control program for the Pacific Basin, as invasive species have major impacts on delicate ecosystems on islands such as Hawaii, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands.”