Legislation permanently reauthorizes Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has invested more than $675 million in over 600 Washington state projects
Package also protects Methow Headwaters from mining, addresses water challenges in Yakima Basin, designates Mountains to Sound Greenway as National Heritage Area, updates volcano monitoring and early warning systems, provides 21st century technology to firefighters around the country
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) bipartisan public lands legislation, including significant wins for public lands across Washington state, was signed into law by President Trump.
“Public lands and access to lands are a juggernaut part of our economy,” Senator Cantwell said. “This legislation gives the tools and resources to local communities to manage this, to give more access to the American people, to do the things that will help us grow jobs and help us recreate for the future and preserve against a very challenging and threatening climate.”
The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act, which Cantwell introduced with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired on September 30, 2018. It was the second time in three years Congress failed to reauthorize the program.