The bill fully and permanently dedicates $900 million per year already being deposited into the Land and Water Conservation Fund, our nation’s most important conservation program, to ensure the protection of and access to irreplaceable lands and local recreation opportunities. The bill also helps address priority repairs in our national parks and on other public lands by directing up to $9.5 billion over five years to address maintenance needs within the National Park System, other public land agencies, and Bureau of Indian Education schools.
“All residents of urban communities deserve great parks and public spaces. They are the heart of our cities and investing in them will help us emerge stronger, economically and socially, from the current health crisis,” said Catherine Nagel, Executive Director of City Parks Alliance. “The more than fifty members of the bipartisan Mayors for Parks Coalition have advocated for full and dedicated funding for LWCF for years. Now more than ever that funding is needed to stimulate other investments and to help our cities recover and provide equitable access to nature.”
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