Earlier this week, Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick joined a bipartisan group of Members in introducing the Great American Outdoors Act, HR 7092.This landmark legislation would fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and work to repair maintenance issues in our national parks.
LWCF is the nation’s premier recreation and preservation support program and the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, Civil War battlefields, state and local parks, working forests, and critical wildlife areas.
Authorized by Congress, and not funded by taxpayer dollars, the program is supported entirely by a portion of oil and gas royalties. In 2019, Members of Congress were successful in permanently reauthorizing the LWCF.
Fitzpatrick said, “Since its establishment over 50 years ago, the LWCF has promoted recreational activity and contributed to our nation’s robust economy, along with conserving our national parks, forests, and critical wildlife areas.
“Treasured public lands such as Nockamixon State Park, Tyler State Park, and cherished community venues are just a few examples of the beneficiaries of this valuable fund. “The Great American Outdoors Act would also address the $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks and public lands.”
Fitzpatrick has long championed permanent funding for the LWCF and protecting public lands. In May, 2020, Fitzpatrick joined over 100 legislators to request strong funding in future COVID-19 economic relief legislation for federal programs that serve as the foundation of outdoor recreation, a sector that provides jobs and economic support to communities across the country.