WASHINGTON – Today, Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m. MT/ 12:30 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will participate in a bipartisan press teleconference to discuss the Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the national parks maintenance backlog. The bill includes a measure championed by Senator Heinrich to extend funding to address maintenance backlogs at all four public lands agencies and the Bureau of Indian Education.
A recording can be provided following the press call.
“The Great American Outdoors Act creates thousands of jobs and a lasting outdoor heritage that we will all benefit from for decades to come. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of America's most successful conservation programs and has helped preserve many treasured places in New Mexico—including the Valles Caldera, Ute Mountain, and Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. LWCF also protects our drinking water, provides public land access, and ensures that every kid in America can easily access outdoor spaces near their home,” said Heinrich, who was part of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to first announce the legislation in March. “Public lands are uniquely American and offer endless opportunities to explore our nation's natural and historical treasures, and significantly boost local economies in surrounding communities. I'm proud to help lead this bipartisan effort to fully and permanently fund LWCF and invest in the infrastructure that improves access and visitor experience to our National Parks and all our public lands for generations to come.”
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