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Jewell Pledges $43 Million To Conservation

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Sally Jewell testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during her confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of the Interior on March 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sally Jewell testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during her confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of the Interior on March 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH (AP) - U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has announced that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide.

Jewell joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and other officials Tuesday at the Texas city’s Gateway Park to announce the distribution from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Offshore oil and gas royalties support the fund, which is scheduled to expire next year unless reauthorized by Congress.

Over 50 years, the fund has paid for more than 42,000 state and local parks, playgrounds, urban wildlife refuges, greenways, trails and open spaces.

President Barack Obama is urging permanent funding in his proposed budget. Federal officials say the fund has proven effective at creating and protecting urban parks and open spaces.

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