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Bill Permanently Extending Conservation Fund Passes Senate

Feb. 12, 2019, 10:12 PM

The Senate passed a combined conservation and public lands package Feb. 12 that would revive the expired Land and Water Conservation Fund and prevent the kind of funding lapses that since the fall have put efforts to add to wildlife refuges, national parks, and local biking and hiking trails on hold.

Senate passage brings to a close a nearly two-year effort to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which authorizes $900 million a year—though Congress has in recent years appropriated only half that amount—to add parcels to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, wildlife refuges, and local hiking and...

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