Land and Water Conservation Fund permanently reauthorized

by Mar 15, 2019Recreation Economy

President Trump signs sweeping public lands package

On March 12, President Trump signed the broad public lands package that contains permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), creates four new national monuments, and adds protections for millions of acres of public land and hundreds of miles of river.

The LWCF, which Congress allowed to expire last September, uses royalties from offshore drilling to pay for conservation and recreation projects nationwide. In its five-decade history, the fund has contributed to projects in all 50 states, from securing outdoor access to building community and state parks.

Other provisions in the 100+ bill package include barring mining claims in 30,000 acres of public land north of Yellowstone National Park; a public lands bill for Emery County, UT which gives nearly 1 million acres wilderness and recreation designations; codifying and making official the Every Kid Outdoors Program; and much more.

To read previous coverage of the public lands package and LWCF’s journey to permanent reauthorization, read here and here.

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