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Legacy Public Land Bill Passes

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The U.S. House recently passed the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), including the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

This Act ensures the enhancement of recreational opportunities in Wyoming through continued federal funding.

“The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources has been working with our congressional delegation for more than ten years on this process to ensure equal funding would come back to the states and to make certain this vital program would continue.” said Domenic Bravo, Administrator for WY State Parks and the Outdoor Recreation Office.  “The passage of this bill will provide much needed funding for construction and maintenance of outdoor recreation facilities statewide and improved access for the public across the board.”

This legislation provides many improvement opportunities for sportsmen, the shooting sport industry, and conservation, while not harming our very important energy extraction industry and agricultural industries.  It is monumental having this protection for wildlife corridors, clean water, public land access, and the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars that flow into our local economies.  

Since 1965, the LWCF has redirected $3.9 billion in oil and gas leasing royalties to fund more than 40,000 projects across the country, according to the Department of the Interior. More than $70 million (including match) has been spent across Wyoming from the LWCF-state assistance program.  This has built ballparks, playgrounds, swimming pools, greenways and so much more across our great state.

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