In 1964, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). However, billions of dollars intended for the program have been diverted for unrelated purposes since it was passed. Not anymore.
Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House voted 310 - 107 to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422/H.R. 7092), a historic victory which permanently authorizes $900 million in annual LWCF funds and dedicates up to $9.5 billion to deferred maintenance on public lands. The bill is headed to the president, who has indicated he will sign it.
Following decades of work and support from hundreds of advocates like you, GAOA received strong bipartisan support from Washington's Representatives:
Voted Yes on GAOA
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1)
Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-2)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-4)
Rep. Derek C. Kilmer (D-WA-6)
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7)
Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA-8)
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-9)
Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA-10)
What can you do right now?
1) Personally thank your representatives via phone or email for their support. Click here for contact information and email templates for the Washington delegation.
2) Share the news widely across your social media channels. Click here for samples posts and graphics to get started!
The Washington Association of Land Trusts (WALT) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Uniting 32 nonprofit land conservation organizations, WALT is the collective voice of Washington's land trust community.