03.12.19

President Trump Signs Law Making Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed into law a bipartisan public lands package that included Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) legislation to make the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent. Senator Burr, a longtime champion of the LWCF, issued the following statement on the signing of S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act:

“Today is a great day. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a rare government program that provides immense value at no cost to taxpayers. Over the years, it has contributed to more than 42,000 outdoor recreation projects and helped preserve more than 2 million acres across the country. With a proven track record of success and overwhelming bipartisan support, saving LWCF just made commonsense. I am glad to see LWCF finally cross the finish line. Now, it can continue its important conservation work with certainty, benefitting future generations.”

Background:

  • Over the last decade, Senator Burr has been the lead Senate champion for permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF has a proven track record of success, contributing to more than 42,000 recreation projects since its founding in 1964. It operates at no cost to taxpayers, instead utilizing royalties earned from offshore oil and gas revenues.
  • Despite strong bipartisan support in the Senate, Congress allowed LWCF to expire on September 30, 2018. In January 2019, Senator Burr reintroduced legislation with Senator Michael Bennet that would permanently reauthorize LWCF.
  • On February 12, the Senate passed S. 47, which included permanent reauthorization for LWCF on a bipartisan vote of 92-8. On February 27, the House passed S. 47 on vote of 363-62.