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US Senate Aiming for Great American Outdoor Vote

     The US Senate is working toward a June vote on the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that contains a provision for full permanent LWCF funding and funding for national parks maintenance.

      A May 27 event in Missoula near Lolo Creek featured Sen. Steve Daines, The Trust for Public Land, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other groups and highlighted the value of the LWCF and the GAOA to Montana conservation and outdoor recreation. A Missoula Current article focused on the TPL Lolo Trails Landmark Project and the importance of not only that project but the importance of full LWCF funding in tandem with the GAOA.

     “We have a $12 billion maintenance backlog with crumbling infrastructure across our national parks,” Daines said. “This is the marriage of two really important bills. It takes our public lands and conservation to pull both sides of the aisle together.”

PHOTO: (Left to right) Sen. Daines; Catherine Schmidt, TPL; Clayton Elliott, TU; Joel Webster, TRCP;  Jennifer Doherty and Blake Henning, RMEF.