House Passes O’Halleran-Backed Legislation to Fund LWCF, Protect AZ Public Lands
WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 7092, the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and create the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Education to fix buildings, trails, roads and other public infrastructure in need of repair over the next five years.
In Arizona’s First Congressional District, the LWCF supports sites such as Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Tonto National Forest, Petrified Forest National Park, and many other public lands throughout the state and district.
“There is little more important than the protection of our most precious public lands and parks. Today, I was proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in voting to pass this important bill I cosponsored to safeguard our nation’s natural treasures, wildlife habitats, waterways, and the rich cultural heritage of many Native American tribes, and make critical improvements to crumbling BIE schools,” said O’Halleran. “In passing this legislation, we are acting to preserve these historic and culturally significant places in our state and ensure that they are maintained and protected so my grandchildren can show them to their grandchildren one day, just as I have been able to.”
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, LWCF investments support Arizona’s $21.2 billion outdoor recreation industry, as well as the 201,000 jobs, $5.7 billion in wages and salaries, and $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenue that come from our public lands every year.
In a strong display of bipartisan, bicameral support, both chambers of Congress voted overwhelmingly to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, with the House voting 310-107 and the Senate voting 73-25 on June 17.
For a factsheet about the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s positive impact on Arizona public lands, click HERE.