House committee considers fate of federal conservation program, weighs legislation that would dramatically dilute LWCF’s impact
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- The fate of one of the nation’s oldest, most effective conservation programs was deliberated this morning by the U.S. House of Representatives, where heavily criticized legislation has been introduced that would dismantle the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The House Natural Resources Committee met today to consider a draft bill that would torpedo the LWCF, unduly limiting its scope and diminishing or eliminating successful components while reallocating significant monies elsewhere. Members from both sides of the aisle have denounced the legislation, championed by Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah, who led efforts earlier this year to block the LWCF’s reauthorization.
Today, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers reiterated its support of reauthorizing and fully funding the LWCF and condemned Rep. Bishop’s bill.
“Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has proven itself our most effective tool for conserving habitat and sustaining public access,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “The fact that outlying interests in Congress blocked reauthorization of the fund is regrettable – …Read the Rest