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Coalition Celebrates Movement on Combined Bill to Protect National Parks

“We are celebrating the positive progress of a combined bill that will make an incredible difference to the protection and preservation of our national parks and public lands. As life-long stewards of our national parks, we know what a difference this funding can make on the ground.

We applaud the bipartisan support that Congress has shown for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Permanent and full funding for LWCF is the necessary next step to fulfill this program’s promise to the American people; to preserve nationally significant public lands and provide recreational opportunities in communities across the country.

In addition, addressing the crippling $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at our national parks is critical to the continued protection and preservation of our treasured natural and cultural resources.

Though we celebrate this recent turn of events, we know that our work is not yet done. We must continue to be strong and vocal advocates for our national parks, and we urge Congress to push hard to advance this bill over the finish line.”

Phil Francis
Chair, The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks