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US House Passes Great American Outdoors Act!

The US House of Representatives has passed the Great American Outdoors Act with a historic and overwhelming 310-107 vote! Final congressional passage of the bill is a remarkable achievement for conservation and outdoor recreation. Thank you, Congressman Greg Gianforte, for your vote of support. The bill contains full permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The LWCF has provided over $639 million for Montana outdoor recreation and conservation funding since the program was created in 1964, and has funded outdoor projects in nearly every one of Montana’s 56 counties. The LWCF is America’s and Montana’s premier conservation program, and permanent full funding at $900 million annually has been a Montana land trust federal policy priority for several years.

Next step for the Great American Outdoors Act is a White House signature by President Trump.