The Highlands Conservation Act
Passed by Congress in 2004, the Highlands Conservation Act designated the four-state Highlands as a region of national importance and authorized up to $100 million in land acquisition funding, and $10 million in technical assistance funding to be made available over 10 years.
The Highlands Conservation Act has since expired and efforts are underway to renew this program through 2024. H.R. 1281 has been introduced in Congress, with significant support from Members of Congress representing lands in the Highlands Region.
Land Conservation Funding
Federal funding provided by the Highlands Conservation Act has helped protect more than 6,000 acres of the highest valued conservation lands in the region, in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Provided through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $30 million in federal funding has been allocated to the Highlands program since 2004, matching over $45 million in private and local matching funds.
Federally Funded Projects in the Highlands