Efforts to Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund Continue

During the last week of Federal Fiscal Year 2018, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the work of the government agencies through December 7th. 

The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a markup for Tuesday, October 2nd — the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System — on bills to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide funding for the Parks maintenance backlog. S. 569, sponsored by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) with 47 co-sponsors, permanently reauthorizes LWCF at $900 million and requires that that full amount be appropriated each year to acquire critical lands for conservation and recreation. S. 3172, sponsored by Senate Rob Portman (R-OH) with 30 co-sponsors, establishes the National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund and provides $1.3 billion annually to address the infrastructure maintenance needs in the National Park System.

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