WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 19, 2019 – Today, OIA praised the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for passage of two legislative priorities for the outdoor industry, the Restore Our Parks Act, S. 500, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act (LWCF), S. 1081. The Restore Our Parks Act is bipartisan legislation that would address the nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at the National Park Service (NPS). The bill would establish the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund” from existing unobligated revenues the government receives from onshore and offshore energy development to fund deferred maintenance projects at NPS sites across the country.
“Our national parks are engines of economic growth for gateway communities across the country, and the Restore Our Parks Act is the key to ensuring proper funding to fix our aging and deteriorating national treasures,” said Patricia Rojas-Ungar, vice president of government affairs at Outdoor Industry Association. “OIA applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for working in a bipartisan manner to approve this critical legislation that will result in better infrastructure, healthier communities and a stronger economy. This day would not be possible without the dedication of Senators Portman, Warner, Alexander and King who propelled the bill forward. We urge the full Senate to finish the job and pass this legislation as soon as possible.”
1081, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, builds upon the strong bipartisan support for the Dingell Act, which permanently authorized LWCF by providing dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This legislation would ensure that this premier program for recreational access will receive $900 million every year, as Congress intended, to preserve, create and secureccess to the outdoors for all Americans.
“Over fifty years ago, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help conserve the land and water we all rely on and use for recreation. We are excited that we are now one step closer to dedicating full funding for this already successful program,” said Rojas-Ungar “Fully funding LWCF will help even more Americans get access to the outdoors and experience the benefits of spending time in nature. OIA applauds the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for passing this bill and is particularly thankful to Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Manchin (D-WV) for sponsoring this critical legislation. We laud them all for their leadership and urge the Senate to swiftly pass this bill.”
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1,300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.