Alexander, Frist Secure Statewide Funding for Tennessee

Posted on February 14, 2003

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that funding for many Tennessee projects has been included in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which passed the Senate late Thursday. The legislation, which includes 11 of the fiscal year (FY) 2003 appropriations bills, now goes to the President for his signature. "The beauty of Tennessee will be greatly enhanced by the improvements and preservation funding provided in this bill," said Frist. "While this funding is long overdue, it provides critical support for our state's priorities, including our scenic parks. In addition, mass transportation continues to need significant investment and we've made great progress with these funds for new buses and facilities. Supporting mass transit, while encouraging preservation at our parks makes a lot of environmental sense." "Conservation is an important part of protecting our environment, and these funds enable the preservation of key natural areas across the state," said Alexander. "Projects like these are vital to building a reliable infrastructure across the state and encouraging growth and economic development, while maintaining the beauty of Tennessee." The funding includes: Interior $500,000 for land acquisition at Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge $300,000 for land acquisition at Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge $4.4 million for land acquisition of the Tennessee Mountains tract, a high priority because of its proximity to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail $1.03 million for land acquisition at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the nation's oldest national military park $3.5 million for Anderson-Tully conservation easements $350,000 for an access road in Natchez Trace Parkway $1 million increase for National Biological Information Infrastructure network, which includes an information-sharing facility in Tennessee that focuses on regional problems including air quality, invasive species and biological data collection Transportation $9.5 million for Tennessee mass transit to replace buses and upgrade bus facilities