Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization update

Red Canyon from Roaring Fork River. Photo credit: Brent Gardner-Smith.

From Wyoming Public Media (Amanda Peacher):

The program is set to sunset this fall, so without action from Congress the LWCF could go away. A bipartisan group had proposed reauthorizing it through a rider attached to a spending bill for the Department of Interior. But senators ultimately decided not to go that route.

Craig Gehrke is with the Wilderness Society in Idaho. He says that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“It should be its own special bill,” Gehrke says. “You know, we think that funding the reauthorization should be a formal piece of legislation that’s debated on its own special merits.”

Gehrke wants the funding for the Land Water and Conservation Fund to be permanent, instead of requiring reauthorization every few years as it does now.

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