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US House Passes Permanent Reauthorization of the LWCF

The US House of Representatives voted 363-62 on Feb. 27 to pass permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a public lands package that includes conservation measures for Montana. The bill was sent to the President’s desk where his signature is expected, and when it happens it will be final step that accomplishes a historical conservation accomplishment. All three members of the Montana Congressional Delegation vocally supported passage of S. 47, the bill that contains the LWCF reauthorization and the public lands package. Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte spoke on the House floor in favor of LWCF reauthorization and in favor of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, which would eliminate 30,000 acres in the Paradise Valley from mining.

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