Gunnison National Park in Colorado.
Black Canyon at Gunnison National Park in Colorado. © National Park Service


Bipartisan Senate Effort to Fully Fund Conservation Program and Restore National Parks: “An Enormous Conservation Victory”

Arlington, Va.


July 22, 2020: 
Congress has approved the Great American Outdoors Act.

At a press conference this afternoon, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced that they’re working on introducing a new bill to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and restore national parks.

The Nature Conservancy supports the effort, which would provide full and permanent funding of $900 million each year for LWCF and help address the maintenance backlog on national parks.

“We are heartened to see this effort at such a pivotal time for our planet,” said The Nature Conservancy’s Interim CEO Sally Jewell. “Fully and permanently funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund and caring for America’s national parks are two sides of the same coin. LWCF protects public lands and makes them accessible, while restoring our parks makes sure those places are safe and enjoyable. Addressing these important issues together makes sense, has bipartisan support, and will go a long way toward ensuring that one of America’s greatest legacies—our public lands and waters—are kept healthy and thriving for all to enjoy. This would be an enormous conservation victory for our nation, finally fulfilling the promise of LWCF after 54 years and doing the right thing for future generations.”

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