Federal Conservation Funding

  The Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation signed by President Trump on Tuesday, August 4, will provide as much as $1.9 billion annually to address the massive backlog of maintenance projects on federal public lands—including national parks, forests, and refuges—and will permanently fund a federal program that has supported outdoor conservation in…

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On Wednesday, July 22nd the U.S. House of Representatives took a truly historic and momentous step in passing the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a vote of 310 to 107. This bill will finally, after 55 years, permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It will also help fund the…

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Historic Victory as U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Fully, Permanently Fund LWCF and Restore Our Public Lands WASHINGTON – The United States House of Representatives voted to pass legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and invest in critical repairs within national parks, national forests, and other public…

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On June 17, following several days of debate, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a vote of 73-25 in a bipartisan victory for our nation’s public lands. The act combines two important issues, full and permanent funding for the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and funding to the maintenance backlog…

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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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  The 1960s were a time of reckoning for humans’ relationship with the planet. The world population ballooned, straining resources. Three centuries of unregulated industrialization and urbanization had poisoned Earth’s air, waters, plants, and wildlife. Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book, Silent Spring, awakened the nation and its leaders to the ecological hazards of agricultural pesticides….

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We get so much from being active outdoors in beautiful places, both near and far. Whether it’s a hike and a swim on Tumbledown Mountain, a multi-day backpacking exploration of the Grafton Loop, or a quick jog or bike ride on a nearby trail, we can stretch our legs, clear our minds, and renew our…

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Half a century ago, 20 million Americans took to their streets, parks, and campuses to celebrate the planet and decry the environmental degradation they saw around them. Earth Day 1970, America’s first, set the stage for milestone laws and regulations that protect the health of people and planet and sparked a global environmental movement that…

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  You don’t have to venture far to get a taste of untamed nature, thanks to the efforts of more cities establishing urban wilds within their footprint. Often protected and managed through public–private partnerships, these areas are almost entirely unmaintained, allowing flora to grow with minimal human interference. They play a critical role in health…

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The campaign to #FundLWCF is in full swing, and there is good news on Capitol Hill. There are bills in both the House and the Senate to provide full, dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the promised level of $900 million. The bills have wide and bipartisan support. The Senate and…

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