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Congress is dropping in on the Great American Outdoors Act

Posted: 06/11/2020
by Evan Stafford

The Great American Outdoors Act, a new bill that would permanently fund the LWCF and provide five years of funding for public lands and rivers is moving forward through Congress right now and we need your voice to make sure it becomes law. The Senate voted 80 to 17 on Monday to begin floor debate on the legislation. This means there's still time to show your support for a visionary investment in the protection and enhancement of access to, and in the vitality of the local economies that rely on, our public lands and rivers. Take action now, as this vote means a full vote to pass this legislation out of the Senate and send it to the House where the companion bill is waiting, is imminent.

Permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a goal for our organization for a long, long time. It's likely you've heard us talk about this fund before, because historically, it's been one of our most important funding sources for public access areas to rivers for recreation in both urban and wild landscapes. Places like the Lower Salmon River (ID), White Salmon (WA), Rio Grande Taos Box (NM), Black Canyon of the Gunnison (CO), Youghiogheny's Ohiopyle (PA), Upper Chattooga (GA), and the Gauley (pictured, WV) all benefited from LWCF funds. Plus, with dedicated funding for our National Parks, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other agencies, these agencies will be able to reduce their significant maintenance backlog, improving protections and access to our rivers while also investing in hundreds of thousands of jobs.

We make it painless with our super simple easy-action form, so make a difference for public lands and rivers today! 

Evan Stafford
516 Stover St
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Phone: 970-420-5377