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The Great American Outdoors Act has passed the Senate with solid bipartisan support – but bipartisan doesn’t mean unanimous. A group of 73 voted yes while 25 voted no, including all of the senators from public land-heavy Idaho, Wyoming and Utah.


THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a 54-year-old congressional act that helps federal, state and local governments to purchase land for preservation and public use. Questions were raised as it was allowed to expire this past October, but last week, it was permanently renewed and we look at how the LWCF helps conserve Idaho lands.

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Funding for one of the Mountain West's key environmental protection programs is on hold until after the holidays. 

Since 1964 the Land and Water Conservation Fund has used royalties from oil and gas leasing to protect natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, as well as to provide recreation opportunities. The Fund expired at the end of September, but both the House and Senate have proposed bills to permanently reauthorize it so its future doesn't remain in jeopardy.

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Congress failed to renew the Land Water Conservation Fund and the federal program that has provided funds to aid land and water conservation since 1965 has expired. Idaho Matters looks at the impact on Idaho's landscape.

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A federal fund that helps protect public recreation spaces in Idaho may not get renewed by Congress.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase lands for preservation and conservation.

Land Water Conservation Fund Scheduled To Expire

Jun 27, 2018
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The Land Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase of lands for preservation and conservation. The program is funded by off-shore drilling leases and seperation fees. In 2015, Congress chose not to renew the LWCF, and it will run itself out sometime this fall. We discuss the role of the LWCF in preserving the West and its contribution to preservation and conservation in Idaho.

On The Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 26, 2018

  • Kids and social media.
  • McCall's alcohol ban, one year later.
  • Key federal conservation fund scheduled to expire.
  • A look at the third installment of 'Our Changing Idaho.'

The Nature Conservancy

Since Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expire in September, conservationists have been trying to get it re-authorized.