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Lapsed Conservation Fund Awaits Lame-Duck Congress: BGOV OnPoint

Oct. 25, 2018, 7:52 PM

The debate over simply extending the Land and Water Conservation Fund or making it permanent could be resolved when Congress returns after the election.

The fund’s authorization to receive $900 million in annual deposits expired Sept. 30. It supports conservation and recreation on state and federal land, including through land acquisition and grants to aid state outdoor recreation planning and development.

Despite pending stand-alone proposals in the House and Senate to permanently extend the LWCF, it’s more likely that a reauthorization measure will hitch a ride on an end-of-year spending package.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said he and other senators ...