Senate Permanently Reauthorizes Critical Conservation Fund, Senator Burr Leads Charge

WASHINGTON –Today, the Senate approved a permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), championed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill passed this morning as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, 85-12. Senator Burr has led the charge to bring awareness to the importance of LWCF and to ensure that this fund is renewed. Established in 1964, the LWCF is one of America’s most successful federal conservation programs, conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation. It requires no taxpayer funding.

When the LWCF authorization expired in September, Senator Burr fought for a three year fix until a permanent authorization could be paired with the Energy bill.

“Since 2011, I have fought to keep this important conservation fund,” said Sen. Burr. “In North Carolina, famous sites like Catawba Falls and Chimney Rock, as well as many local parks and recreational areas, exist today as a result of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. I’m proud of the important work this fund does to protect our natural heritage, and I look forward to the future conservation efforts that the LWCF will fund for generations to come.”

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