The Highlands region of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania is a forested oasis of national significance on the doorstep of an ever-expanding metropolitan area. Spanning 3.5 million acres, the region’s abundant private and publically owned natural resources provide quality drinking water, recreation, and economic opportunities to millions of residents and visitors alike. The Highlands Conservation Act of 2004 (HCA), PL 108-421, directed the U.S. Forest Service to do three things. 1) Expand the New York-New Jersey Highlands Regional Study: 2002 Update to include the Highlands of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. As was done in the original studies, the Update analyzed the region’s natural resources and the effects of land use change. 2) Provide Federal assistance through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) for land conservation projects to help Highlands States acquire and permanently protect land or an interest in land from a willing seller. 3) Help Highlands States identify and use Forest Service and other technical and financial assistance programs of the Department of Agriculture. The HCA was authorized through FY2014.
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