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Funding for America’s public lands is closer to becoming a reality after the Senate’s passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, which provides funding to cover billions of dollars of backlogged maintenance projects at national parks and public lands.
In a highly-polarized political environment, it is rare to see a proposal that garners support from both sides of the aisle in Washington, and rarer still when that bill is also supported by numerous and diverse stakeholders across the west from different industries.
The grant money comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which collects revenues from offshore oil and gas leasing from the Outer Continental Shelf. The awards are administered by the National Park Service with matching federal grants.
This is the third in a series of four stories profiling national parks. Read our first story on Mesa Verde National Park here, our second story on Glacier National Park here, and our fourth story on Arches and Canyonlands National Parks here. —– Many National Parks highlight American history or …
This is the second in a series of four stories profiling national parks. Read our first story on Mesa Verde National Park here, our third story on Chaco Culture National Historical Park here, and our fourth story on Arches and Canyonlands National Parks here. —– Covering 1,583 sq. miles of …
The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act received overwhelming bi-partisan support yesterday during a hearing held by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. The bill, aimed at reducing the National Park System’s deferred maintenance backlog, was approved by the panel on vote of 36-2 and may head to the House floor soon where its already racked more than 290 Democratic and Republican co-sponsors.