Senator Richard Burr: NC Natural Treasures Protected

This week, the Senate voted to approve two of my provisions: the Corolla Wild Horse Protection Act and the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The passage of this legislation puts us on the path to protecting some of North Carolina’s most beloved natural treasures for generations to come.

The Corolla Wild Horse Protection Act, cosponsored by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), ensures the genetic diversity and viability of this historic herd so that these horses are not lost forever. The Corolla Wild Horses have lived on North Carolina’s shores for centuries and are an iconic part of the Outer Banks community. My legislation will allow the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to manage the herd at no cost to taxpayers. It passed by voice vote, but Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) did vote neigh.

WATCH: Burr: If we don’t act now we could lose these horses

The Senate also passed legislation that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In North Carolina, LWCF protects famous sites like Catawba Falls and Chimney Rock, as well as many local parks and recreational areas. Since 2011, I have fought to keep this important conservation fund that protects North Carolina’s natural treasures at no cost to the taxpayers. You can learn more about the tremendous benefits LWCF brings to NC by reading my op-eds in the Charlotte Observer and Greensboro News and Record.

WATCH: Burr fights for conservation fund

As a grandfather, I spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of world we are going to leave for the next generation. I’m proud to say that the Senate took important steps this week to preserve and protect North Carolina’s beautiful natural treasures.