Biggest Public Lands Legislation in a Decade Signed Into Law

After Congress passed one of the largest public lands bills in recent history a couple of weeks ago, S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act, President Trump signed it into law today.

March 12, 2019

“The public lands package, just signed into law, is a welcome gift to Americans who love the outdoors, our fragile lands and waters and to future generations,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of Outdoor Industry Association. “We are proud of the Republicans and Democrats, public lands advocates, outdoor industry members and countless others who worked to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and who pushed this package over the finish line. We look forward to working with local communities, federal agencies and more to implement the programs this bill authorizes, to seeing the economic growth for rural and urban communities this bill spurs and most importantly to gaining others access to our great outdoors for all Americans.”

Senate Bill 47 contains some massive wins for America’s public lands and the outdoor industry. Most significantly, it permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the most important conservation programs in our nation’s history.

The legislation also includes other OIA priorities including the following:

  • the Every Kid Outdoors program, giving every fourth-grader in the country free access to America’s public land and waters
  • the 21st Century Conservation Corps, providing volunteer opportunities and programs for our veterans and America’s youth to conserve and rebuild natural resources
  • enhancements to our outdoor recreation infrastructure across the country like Emery County, Mountains-to-Sound Greenway and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.

You can learn more about the bill and its benefits here.

Thank you for your years of engagement and advocacy in support of LWCF, conservation and access to the outdoors.  This historic victory is due in part to your efforts!