I am calling to thank Rep. Scott Tipton for voting YES for the Natural Resources Management Act, which successfully passed the House and Senate and is on track to be signed into law by the president.
The bill would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and protect 2.3 million acres of public lands across the United States.
LWCF supplements local efforts to buy important conservation and recreation lands and it is the key federal investment in a sector that supports more than 6 million American jobs and contributes $646 billion annually to the economy. Colorado has received more than $275 million in LWCF funding over the past five decades. Congress failed to renew it in 2018 for the first time since its creation in 1964. This bill has permanently reauthorize the fund.
In addition to renewing the LWCF, the National Resources Management Act would also:
– Renew “Every Kid in a Park” program that provides fourth grade students and their families free admission to all
national parks and other federal lands, for seven years.
– Approve the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act, which would give more work opportunities to young adults
and veterans in maintaining trails and other public lands sites needing maintenance.
– Help protect 2.3 million acres of land as wilderness and other classifications, including new status for iconic landscapes
like the California Desert, Washington’s Methow Valley and New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.
While I applaud you for voting yes for this extensive package, the bill unfortunately did not include any provisions to protect Colorado public lands. I ask that you take your public lands stewardship a step further and also champion the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act. This legislation was introduced in January and provides Colorado with the most significant and comprehensive opportunity to safeguard our revered landscapes and support our outdoor recreation economy in over a generation.
Thank you for voting YES for the Natural Resources Management Act. Now, please support the CORE Act.