The Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire Sept. 30 without program reauthorization, but a major positive step was taken on the LWCF in House Natural Resources Committee on Sept. 13. The committee passed a compromise bill permanently reauthorizing theLWCF out of committee by voice vote. Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte voted for the bill and voted against all five amendments to weaken the compromise package. He also made a strong statement in support of the LWCF program’s value to Montana. The land trust community expresses a sincere THANK YOU to Congressman Gianforte for his support, encourages him to cosponsor HR 6759 (LWCF dedicated funding) and to continue to explore ways to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF.