Congressional Republicans allow the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire

Looking downstream from Chasm View, Painted Wall on right. Photo credit: NPS\Lisa Lynch

From Colorado Public Radio (Grace Hood):

A federal fund that’s paid for public land improvements across Colorado’s national parks and built trails on the Front Range expired over the weekend — and environmental groups are crying foul.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has pumped nearly $270 million into the state over the last 50 years. The money comes from offshore drilling royalties.

“There’s no good reason to let this expire. Congress needs to act, get this done and provide for permanent reauthorization, and full and dedicated funding,” said Jim Ramey, Colorado director of the Wilderness Society.

Right now, Ramey said it’s unclear where money will come from for future public land improvements…

Here are some highlights from project grants over the years:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, land acquisition near Park boundary, $5.3 million, 2013.
Milk Run Trail, Salida, $178,890, 2011.
Ute Pass Trail Work, El Paso County, $77,200, 2005.
Cherry Creek State Park, Dog off-leash area, $547,565, 2011.
Riverside Park, Englewood, $767,781, 1975.
Poudre River Trail, improvements near &1st Ave in Greeley, $250,000, 2003.
Vanderbilt Park, No. 2 Ballfields Denver, $138,927, 1975.
Rampart Park, Colorado Springs, $80,501, 1980.
Nederland Recreational Facility, Nederland, $42,500, 1988.
St. Vrain Greenway, Longmont, $200,000, 2006.

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