Vital legislation passes U.S. Senate
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the Great American Outdoors Act, Senate Bill 3422. It’s a bipartisan conservation bill aimed at providing permanent full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which conserves critical lands and helps create access to landlocked public lands through its Making Public Lands Public provision.
The act also creates the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to address maintenance backlogs on federal lands, including national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management lands. Funding will come from a portion of federal revenues from the development of oil, gas, coal or alternative/renewable energy on federal lands and waters.
The NWTF worked to have national forests included. These important forests weren’t included in the original version of the legislation. Now, as passed