The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports a bill introduced by Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) that would permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
The bill guarantees that LWCF will never again expire, fully funds the initiative to the annual maximum $900 million and sets aside a portion of that funding specifically to increase public access to public lands for hunters, anglers and hikers.
“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation applauds Senator Tester for introducing legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This program is one of the most important conservation tools we use to protect and enhance elk habitat and to secure public access to public lands. We’re grateful for Senator Tester’s leadership on this issue and call on Congress to not only reauthorize this essential program, but also to ensure it’s fully funded.”
LWCF is funded from offshore oil and gas development revenues.
RMEF utilized more than $85 million in LWCF funding across 62 projects in ten different states in partnership with federal agencies to protect, conserve and open access to some of the most vital elk country in the United States.