With all the political discord, both parties have come together to support sportsmen and woman. The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation Management and Recreation Act is a bipartisan bill and the largest conservation bill in over a decade.
Most importantly the bill permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF is funded by oil and gas money pulled from public land. Its main goal is to fund projects to help preserve natural habitat for us all to enjoy. With almost $4 billion in funding, the LWCF has funded projects in every county in the US. Many of these projects have helped buy land and easement that open up public land that is not accessible to the public.
Further down in Conservation Management and Recreation Act, is a mandate to make a list of all public land that is still not accessible to the public. Every contiguous piece of land that is more than 640 acres will be put on the list with an explanation of how to make it accessible to the public. With over 10 million acres of public land not accessible to the public, this could have a huge impact for hunters and anglers across the nation.
This bill also has numerous provisions that make it easier for hunters to access public lands. More importantly it makes it harder for the government to close off those lands for their use. This is a great day for everyone who loves hunting and public land!