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Great American Outdoors Act signed into law

The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law today, permanently funding LWCF after 55 years! Thank you, Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch for supporting this absolutely critical legislation! (Update, August 4)

Original post, July 22:
Today the U.S. House passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Senate passed this legislation in June.

For the first time, full and permanent funding of LWCF has passed both chambers of Congress! This is a historic victory for our public lands and outdoor recreation, nationwide and right here in Vermont.

We thank Congressman Peter Welch and the large, bipartisan majority in the U.S. House that passed the Great American Outdoors Act — and Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy for helping it pass through the Senate. This is incredible news for Vermont. Just some examples of LWCF investments are the Millstone Trails in Barre and Mount Ascutney in Ascutney. These and other spots show how conservation can support our rural recreation economy in addition to protecting our valued natural places.

Brian Shupe, Executive Director of VNRC.

This is the second to last step to #FundLWCF. Now we need the President to sign this vital legislation that supports outdoor recreation across the country! To learn more about the Great American Outdoors Act, click here.