McConnell Boasts of $4.99M Federal Grant ‘to Support Conservation of Private Lands’ in Kentucky

By Staff | December 27, 2017 | 2:37 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Screen Capture)

( - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a press release on the Friday before Christmas touting of his efforts to secure a $4.99 million federal grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to The Nature Conservancy “to support the conservative of private lands” in Kentucky.

“Senator McConnell contacted the NRCS in support of TNC’s application,” said the release.

“I applaud The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky for being awarded this funding to conserve 25,000 acres of high priority forests in Kentucky and other states,” McConnell said, according to the release. “Kentucky is home to an abundance of natural beauty with a thriving community of hunters, sportsmen and outdoorsmen who can benefit from this project. I am proud TNC will use these resources to continue its important work for our land and wildlife.”

McConnell’s press release also quoted Will Bowling, who is the director The Nature Conservancy’s Central Appalachian Project. Bowling expressed his gratitude to McConnell for securing his group this multi-million-dollar grant of taxpayer money.

“The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is excited to expand our conservation efforts and bring new investments in sustainable forestry to Eastern Kentucky and neighboring states,” said Bowling. “We are grateful to the NRCS for the funding and to Senator McConnell for supporting this project.”

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