12 Senators from across the country packed onto the stage of the Senate press room on Wednesday to announce the introduction of a bill that would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as well as address maintenance backlog issues at national parks. Senators traded opportunities to extol on the value of conservation, outdoor recreation, and the important role LWCF has played in supporting our public lands.
The press conference followed recent statements from Leader McConnell as well as President Trump indicating they would support full and permanent funding for LWCF.
Levi Kamolnick, State Director of Environment Nevada issued the following statement in response:
“It’s wonderful to see Senators across the country and across the political spectrum finally uniting behind the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF is one of America’s oldest and most successful conservation programs that has touched the lives of nearly every American. Nevada’s most iconic national parks and neighborhood greenspaces alike have received more than $100 million to address a range of necessary needs.
In the midst of so many in the Senate announcing their support of full and permanent funding for LWCF, it’s also worth noting that Nevada’s Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto, as well as Representatives Horsford, Titus and Lee, have been on the forefront of this fight. We thank them for their leadership and in continuing to push their colleagues to support important programs like LWCF.
The fact that LWCF funding finally appears to have the support it needs in Congress is a huge and momentous victory. Now it’s time to get this bill to the president’s desk as soon as we can. This moment is the culmination of decades of work on the part of the conservation community and we cannot let it go to waste.”
Environment Nevada is a statewide, membership-based environmental advocacy organization.