Senator Cory Gardner a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, applauded the announcement from Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt that Colorado will receive $3,034,579 in non-taxpayer funded grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service.
“This grant funding shows why it was so important to permanently reauthorize the LWCF,” said Senator Gardner. “As a fifth generation Coloradan, I understand the importance of preserving iconic landscapes in our state and across the nation. These millions of dollars will go toward Colorado projects that rely on LWCF funding for conservation, so that future generations of Coloradans can enjoy our state’s public lands and have access to our great outdoors.” “Using zero taxpayer dollars, LWCF invests earnings from offshore oil and gas leasing to help rehabilitate and improve infrastructure at state and local parks and other recreation areas,” said Secretary Bernhardt. “Funds will also be used to maximize access by opening up landlocked public lands. A small investment in a little strip of land can open up thousands of acres to outdoor recreation enthusiasts.”
Senator Gardner has long advocated for permanent reauthorization of the LWCF, touting the necessity of this program to conserve and preserve public lands. After Gardner successfully passed permanent reauthorization of the LWCF in the Senate in January, President Trump signed permanent reauthorization of the LWCF into law in March of this year.
In April 2019, Senators Gardner and Joe Manchin (D-WV) led a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, legislation to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million.
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