Gardner, Bennet, Burr, Shaheen, and Daines Introduce Amendment to Permanently Authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Washington, DC –On Tuesday Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) introduced an amendment to the Agriculture, Financial Services and General Government, Interior-Environment, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill. The amendment will permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If congressional action isn’t taken by September 30th, funding will expire. This amendment is part of a bipartisan effort in the Senate to find a path forward to make LWCF permanent.

Congress needs to take immediate action to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and I’m glad to have a group of bipartisan senators working closely together to find a solution,” said Senator Gardner. “Colorado’s beautiful public lands rely on this conservation program, and our amendment will make sure that these vital conservation resources remain available.”

“With LWCF’s expiration date looming in September, we need to pass this amendment to maintain this critical conservation tool for future generations,” said Senator Bennet. “Congress should also provide LWCF the full dedicated funding it deserves.”

“I’m proud to join Senator Gardner on his amendment to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and applaud him for his work on this issue,” said Senator Burr. “I have long been a proponent of the LWCF, which has proven itself to be our country’s most successful conservation program. Over the last 50 years, this program has contributed to more than 42,000 recreation projects across the country and helped preserve access to America’s great national parks for hunters, hikers, fishers and families. Most importantly, the LWCF does all of this at no additional cost to taxpayers. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to be good stewards of the amazing natural beauty and resources that we inherited, so they can enjoy them for generations to come. I urge our colleagues to bring this amendment up for a vote so we can reauthorize this popular, bipartisan program before its expiration on September 30.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has led to the protection of more than 2.5 million acres of land and supported tens of thousands of state and local outdoor recreation projects throughout the nation, including right here in the Granite State,” said Senator Shaheen. “Permanent authorization of LWCF will build on the program’s important work in our communities that has helped strengthen our nation’s outdoor recreational economy, and safeguard our wildlife, natural resources and environment. I’m glad to see the bipartisan support on this effort and will continue to fight for this critical program.”

“LWCF is critical to Montana jobs and our outdoor way of life,” said Senator Daines. “Our children and grandchildren are counting on us to preserve America’s outdoor heritage. I will fight at every opportunity for its permanent reauthorization.”

Senators Gardner, Bennet, Shaheen, and Daines are also cosponsors of Senator Burr’s legislation S.896 that would also permanently authorize the LWCF.