Conservation funding approved

Jun 24, 2019

The House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that provides $900 million annually to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Allocation of the LWCF monies was recently amended in a sweeping lands package bill approved by Congress in March that gives the Northern Marianas a full state share of funding. Funds to the Marianas that can be used for public parks, playgrounds, sports fields, and beach areas will increase from $75,000 to around $800,000 annually. H.R. 3195 which was favorably reported in committee would provide the full $900 million annual authorized funding level for the LWCF. The Natural Resources Committee also approved other bills in Wednesday’s markup including H.R. 1941 to block offshore drilling and H.R. 1365 which makes technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act allowing funds to be disbursed for Guam war claims.