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Permanent Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund: Three Next Steps

Mar 13, 2020

Margaret A. Walls

A victory for conservation may be imminent. Congress looks poised to pass a bill that will provide stable annual spending streams from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the foreseeable future. If the bill passes, the entire $900 million that goes into the fund each year, most of it from offshore oil and gas lease revenues, will be allocated to federal agencies for land acquisition and to states for park and recreation investments without having to go through the Congressional appropriations process. Bipartisan support for the bill, which has been combined with funding for the national park maintenance backlog, is strong and President Trump, in a surprising move, recently indicated that he would sign the legislation.

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Permanent Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund: Three Next Steps