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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Ohio Senators' Support of Great American Outdoors Act

TNC Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) applauds Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown for their urging of Congress to permanently provide funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.

 Earlier this week, both senators voted yes on two procedural votes: cloture, which is a procedural motion in the Senate that limits the debate on a specific bill to 30 hours and prevents opposing senators from filibustering; and a motion to proceed, which precludes any amendments from impacting progress on the bill. These two procedural votes were important next steps for final passage of this bill.

Both Senator Portman and Senator Brown have been longtime supporters of the bipartisan legislation meant to protect our lands and waters by providing necessary funding to address challenges such as crumbling roads, visitor centers and trails. They have both supported legislative efforts in the past to provide funding for important conservation programs. 

“We are grateful for the continued support of Senator Portman and Senator Brown for helping protect America’s lands and waters,” said Bill Stanley, Ohio state director for TNC. “This is a critical step in ensuring the long-time health of our greatest and most important assets – the land we live on and the water that gives us life. 

This legislation will provide funding for our outdoor resources that are major economic engines, propelling a nationwide outdoor recreation economy that supports more than 5 million American jobs, contributes over $778 billion in annual economic output, and serves as the lifeblood for countless communities across the country.

Ohio has received approximately $344.6 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades, protecting places such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Wayne National Forest and the James Garfield National Historic Site and roughly 1,500 other sites in Ohio. Passing this legislation will ensure funding needed to continue protecting these important places in Ohio. 

“We look forward to working with Senator Portman and Senator Brown, other members of Congress and everyone who cares about our lands and waters to use these federal dollars to ensure our great outdoors can be maintained and enjoyed by all,” Stanley said. “Securing, stable funding for our treasured national parks and public lands at this level makes GAOA the most important legislation for conservation in a generation. It is important to the country and Ohio to protect our environment.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.