Congressman Steven Horsford Votes to Pass Historic Conservation Legislation

July 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) voted to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan conservation legislation that provides permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog at our national parks. 

“Public lands and national parks make up over 50,000 square miles of my Congressional District and provide Nevada with 87,000 jobs and $1.1 billion in tax revenue. These areas are valuable to our state and deserve to be permanently funded,” said Congressman Steven Horsford. “I am proud Congress could pass landmark legislation that continues to invest in our outdoor spaces, grows our economy, fights the climate crisis, and supports conservation for decades to come.”

In 2019, Congressman Horsford joined members of the House in a bipartisan vote to permanently authorize the LWCF. Today’s vote ensures it will be permanently funded.

Background: 

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has used money from offshore oil and gas drilling royalties to conserve our public lands and waters across the country. The Great American Outdoors Act will ensure permanent, full funding of the LWCF to support projects in communities that need conservation and environmental protection. 

The Great American Outdoors Act establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund (Fund), providing federal land management agencies with critical resources to address the $22 billion deferred maintenance backlog on our public lands. The Fund: 

  • Supports Public Lands and Tribal Communities: The Fund would be divided among five federal land management agencies, with the National Park Service receiving 70 percent of the funds, the U.S. Forest Service receiving 15 percent, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Education each receiving 5 percent of the funds.
  • Has an Identified Revenue Stream: The Fund would receive 50 percent of unallocated revenues generated from energy development on federal lands and waters from fiscal year 2021 through fiscal year 2025, totaling up to $9.5 billion over the five-year period.
  • Protects our Parks and Lands: Climate change, increased visitation, and years of inadequate funding for our public land management agencies have produced crumbling visitor facilities and transportation assets. The Fund enables federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance, improve visitor services, and maintain our public lands for future generations.

The full summary of the Great American Outdoors Act can be found here.

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