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oil wellRevenue from oil and gas wells is now the primary funding source for the agency overseeing state parks and forests, according to a new legislative analysis.

For the first time with the new state budget, revenue from the separate Oil and Gas Lease Fund contributes more to operate the Department of Conservation and Natural Resour­ces (DCNR) than the taxpayer-supported General Fund, said the House Democratic Appro­­priations Committee.

“With the 2013-14 budget, a much greater share of personnel costs for DCNR’s park rangers, foresters, lifeguards, civil engineers, geologists and other professionals will be financed with drilling revenues in the years to come,” the analysis said.

This year, DCNR received $106 million from the oil and gas fund – more than one-third of its entire budget – and $72 million from the General Fund.

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Share the Experience LogoAs RVers we take photos to document our travels. And because we travel to some  beautiful places, we sometimes take some beautiful photographs. If you have a few photos you think are extra beatiful here’s an opportunity to show them off and maybe win a prize.

The Department of the Interior announced the start of the 2013 “Share the Experience” contest, giving amateur photographers the chance to join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, and others who have found recognition for their photographs of the nation’s public lands.

The “Share the Experience” photo contest showcases our nation’s public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation areas – and draws entries from all across the United States. It is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

“Photography has the power to make the great outdoors accessible so that we all can see some of the most beautiful places in the world through the eyes of people like Ansel Adams,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “This is a fun competition that helps strengthen the connection between Americans and their public lands, and I look forward to seeing the submissions from across the country.”

This year, a new Let’s Move Outside! photo category will encourage families to explore the outdoors and lead active lifestyles. Let’s Move Outside! is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.

The winning photograph will appear on the 2015 America the Beautiful pass for entrance to 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. All entries have the chance to be featured on the Interior Department’s popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Prizes provided by the National Park Foundation, Active Network, Air Wick and Historic Hotels of America include a $15,000 cash prize, a Columbia backpack, a pass to the national parks and other federal lands, and other items for the grand prize winner. Second and third place winners, as well as 7 Honorable Mention winners, will also receive prizes.

The “Share the Experience” begins May 10, 2013 and runs through December 31, 2013. Amateur photographers can participate by uploading photos on www.sharetheexperience.org.

“Share the Experience” is sponsored by Active Network, Air Wick, Historic Hotels of America and the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

To view the 2012 contest winners as wells as the contest rules and a complete list of prizes, please see www.sharetheexperience.org.

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