Tag: Public Lands

Daines Secures Historic Senate Passage of Major Conservation Bill, the Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for and secured Senate passage of his bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act. Daines’ bill requires full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the maintenance backlog facing the nation’s national parks and public lands.      Click HERE to download the video. “Today, we passed the most important conservation bill for Montana and the nation in decades – one that will increase public access to our public lands, support our national parks and importantly, protect our Montana outdoor way of life,” Daines said. “I

What They Are Saying: MT Conservation Leaders Thank Daines for Leadership on Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE – ICYMI: U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that the U.S. Senate will be voting on his bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, in June. Daines’ bill requires full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and helps address the national park maintenance backlog. Here’s what Montana and national conservation leaders and stakeholders are saying about Daines successful efforts to deliver a historic vote on LWCF and the national park maintenance backlog. “For the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation alone, LWCF has provided significant funding to complete 80 projects permanently protecting more than 150,000 acres of

Daines Secures Historic Senate Vote on Bipartisan Bill for Full, Mandatory Funding of LWCF, National Parks Backlog Fix Set for June

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that the U.S. Senate will be voting on his bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, when the Senate returns from the state working period in June. Daines’ bill requires full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the national park maintenance backlog. “This vote will be one of the most historic conservation wins in Montana and the nation in decades,” Daines said. “I’ve made it one of my top priorities to fight for LWCF and our national parks in the Senate, and with this vote,

Daines Urges Forest Service to Provide Relief to Outdoor Recreation Industry Impacted by Coronavirus

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to provide immediate relief to folks in the outdoor recreation industry amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. “As the Forest Service continues enacting measures in response to the COVID-19 National Emergency, I request you also exercise appropriate authorities to provide immediate relief to guides, outfitters, and the outdoor industry, that now face uncertainty and economic hardship due to a shortened season,” Daines wrote. “I look forward to partnering with you to provide relief to the outdoor industry and rural communities that it sustains.”   To read the full

Daines Introduces Historic Bipartisan Bill to Fully and Permanently Fund LWCF, Address National Park Backlog

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced a bipartisan bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog in our national parks and forests. The introduction of the legislation follows a meeting Daines held with President Trump and Leader McConnell to secure their support for the historic conservation effort. “As Montana’s voice in the U.S. Senate, I’ve made it one of my top priorities to protect and expand access to our public lands and our Montana outdoor way of life,” Daines said. “This

Daines Secures Action on Grizzly Bear Management

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) responded to his frequent pleas for better management surrounding grizzly bears and human conflict in Montana. This comes after Daines discussed concerns with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt during a U.S. Senate Appropriations hearing to respond to new rulemakings concerning the Endangered Species Act. “Until we can retain full state management of the grizzly bear, we need common sense, collaborative methods of managing to reduce human conflict,” Daines said. “I am thankful to Secretary Bernhardt for listening to the concerns of Montanans

Daines Leads Historic Push to Fully Fund LWCF, Address National Parks Maintenance Backlog

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced new legislation that will provide full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the maintenance backlog in our national parks. This legislation and announcement follows a meeting Daines held last week with President Trump and Leader McConnell to highlight the importance of these conservation priorities for Montana. During the meeting, President Trump agreed to support and sign Daines’ legislation into law.    To download Daines’ full remarks, click HERE. “This is a historic day for conservation, Montana and this nation. I am proud to stand here today

Daines Continues Fight for LWCF Funding

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines secured and advanced a $30 million increase in funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) out of the U.S. Senate, which would bring the fund to $465 million. “LWCF is a critical tool that helps increase public access to public lands and preserve our Montana way of life,” Daines said. “While I am glad to see a $30 million dollar increase in funding for LWCF advance through the U.S. Senate, I remain committed and will not stop fighting until we get full funding.”   The last time LWCF funding was at $465 million

Daines Urges Yellowstone, Glacier Superintendents to Assist in Increasing Visitation to Montana’s Less-Visited Parks

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter urging Yellowstone Superintendent Cameron Sholly and Glacier Superintendent Jeff Mow to assist in finding solutions to promote visitation in Montana’s less-visited national parks. “Tourism is one of Montana’s leading economic drivers, which is why I am committed to increasing visitation to all of Montana’s national parks, battlefields, historic sites and more,” Daines wrote. “As we continue to see record-breaking visitation numbers, encouraging visitation to smaller parks in Montana is imperative to both reduce stress on larger parks and promote healthy gateway economies in other regions.” To read the full letter, click

Daines Leads Bipartisan Effort For Full, Permanent Funding of LWCF

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today wrote Senate and House leadership urging full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). “As you work to enact legislation that will address Federal funding needs for fiscal year 2020 and beyond, we urge you to seize the opportunity for including a bipartisan win for future generations—full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” Daines wrote. “This investment would protect and conserve our national parks and public lands, support the nation’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, and finally fulfill the original promise of the LWCF.” To read