WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today secured close to $14 million in additional funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a program of critical importance to increasing access to Montana public lands and protecting Montana’s outdoors heritage.
During today’s mark up of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY2016, Daines and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) successfully passed an amendment to increase LWCF programs by nearly $14 million, bringing the overall total funding for LWCF to the FY2015 enacted level of $306 million.
“LWCF is an important program for Montana that helps expand access to our public lands,” Daines stated. “I’m pleased to see my colleagues join me in supporting this critical program and ensuring the program has the funds it needs to protect Montanans access to our open spaces for generations to come.”
Daines’ amendment is fully offset and will be included in the final bill to be voted on by the full Senate.
Daines is a strong supporter of LWCF and has long called for strong funding for the program. Daines recently sent a letter to Interior Appropriations leaders urging for full and robust funding for LWCF. Daines’ letter is available here.