09.05.19

Daines Secures Over $1 Million LWCF Funding for Public Access, Outdoor Recreation in Montana

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that $1,611,602 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will be directed towards Montana to support public access, outdoor recreation and conservation projects.

“This is great news for Montana,” Daines said. “This LWCF funding could help increase public access to public lands, expand access to fishing sites, and promote outdoor recreation. I will continue to fight for full and permanent funding of LWCF so these resources are available for future generations of Montanans to come.”

Daines sits on the Interior Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee which has jurisdiction over LWCF funding. Daines has been an adamant supporter of full, mandatory funding of LWCF in the appropriations process.

For more information on the grant, click HERE.

Background: 

Daines has been a strong voice for Montana’s public lands, outdoor recreation and robust funding of LWCF.

Daines recent actions this Congress include:

In early April, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

On March 12th, 2019, Daines joined President Trump in the White House for the signing of a historic bipartisan lands package which included the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. 

On February 26th, 2019, House leadership responded to Daines’ request and passed the public lands package with critical Montana wins.

On February 12th, 2019, Daines secured Senate passage of the landmark bipartisan public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act among other provisions important to conservation and public access to public lands.

On February 14th, 2019, Daines secured a $10 million increase for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), bringing funding for the program to $435 million for 2019.

On January 30th, 2019, Daines successfully convinced Senate leadership to bring the public lands package up for a vote in early in the 116th Congress.

To learn more about Senator Daines efforts to protect our public lands and promote outdoor recreation, click HERE.

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