This historic vote means great news for conservation. On July 22nd, after almost 50 years of advocacy by the conservation community, full and dedicated funding is secured for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act which will permanently fund the LWCF using a small portion of revenues from offshore oil drilling to protect important land, water and recreation areas that benefit all Americans. This bill passed the House in a 310-107 bipartisan vote after passing out of the Senate last month with overwhelming (73-25) bipartisan support.
This bill funds the LWCF at the authorized level of $900 million per year. In addition, the bill ensures that over the next 5 years, up to $9.5 billion will be available for much-needed maintenance for our national parks, refuges, forest service lands, and other public lands.