Natural Resources Management Act Signed Into Law
We are thrilled to hear that the President has signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S. 47) into law!
The law permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Every Kid Outdoors Act (formerly the Every Kid in a Park program) for seven years. Collectively this legislation, originally known as the Natural Resource Management Act, will benefit thousands of parks, public lands, and waters as well as providing access to the outdoors to millions of 4th graders and their families.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas at the federal, state, and local levels. Many of the lands that NPT has transferred to the National Park Service were purchased with funding from LWCF, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Glacier National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and Zion National Park.
The Every Kid Outdoors Act will greatly support our youth program initiatives by providing all 4th graders with a park pass that gives them access to America’s public lands and waters. One third of our Buddy Bison School Program students and their families have benefited from this program.
Will you help NPT complete more parks and give park ecosystems and species a better chance at survival by making a gift today?
- NPT is part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, take a look at their press release about the bill.
- Read an op-ed by NPT Board Member, Richard Ring, on how the LWCF supports the outdoor economy.