Critics Decry Changes To Land And Water Conservation Fund

Critics Decry Changes To Land And Water Conservation Fund

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Montana Public Radio
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Critics say a U.S. Department of Interior order issued earlier this week guts a federal program that uses money from oil and gas drilling to buy land for recreation and conservation.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) received full funding of $900 million per year for the first time in its half-century history when the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law in early August.

John Gale, conservation director at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, says the LWCF is a critical tool in improving wildlife habitat across big landscapes, creating hiker and hunter entry to public land that’s closed off by private property, and establishing public access sites on rivers all over Montana.