U.S. House passes the Great American Outdoors Act
Legislation is a significant achievement for conservation and outdoor recreation
News from the Montana Wildlife Federation
Washington, D.C. — On July 22, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act in a vote of 310 to 107. The bipartisan legislation, which will soon head to the President’s desk to be signed into law, would fully fund one of America’s most important conservation tools: The Land and Water Conservation Fund. The Montana Wildlife Federation applauded Wednesday’s House vote and the significance of the legislation for Montana’s communities.
“Today’s historic vote is a significant achievement for conservation of fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation in Montana and around the nation,” said Alec Underwood, federal conservation campaigns director for Montana Wildlife Federation. “Hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike can now celebrate this major investment in our public lands for generations to come.”
Since helping to pass LWCF in 1964, MWF along with its members and affiliate organizations have fought for full and dedicated funding for the program.
“The passage of the GAOA is a reminder that conservation wins can take a long time and a lot of hard work - but they happen when we all work together to convince our lawmakers to put aside partisan politics and do what’s right for Montana,” said Underwood. “This victory would not be possible without the good work of Montana’s Congressional delegation and the countless organizations, businesses, and hunters and anglers who have advocated for full and dedicated funding for LWCF”
The legislation also establishes the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Fund to address the growing maintenance backlog within the National Park Service as well as on other federal lands. It directs up to $9.5 billion to multiple federal agencies while creating needed, new jobs and improving public lands infrastructure that is severely outdated.