Maine Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million to Support Land Conservation, Boost Outdoor Recreation in Maine
Washington, September 15, 2023
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden today announced more than $1,000,000 in National Park Service (NPS) Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants for conservation and outdoor recreation projects in Maine.
The funding was allocated as follows:
“As Mainers, we know what it means to live ‘The Way Life Should Be’ – enjoying and, importantly, protecting the land we’re fortunate enough to call home. This significant federal funding will help conserve the ecology of the land while also giving Mainers access to improved trails,” the Delegation said. “We championed the Great American Outdoors Act and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund because of investments like these, and we look forward to seeing these new and improved conserved spaces that will be available to the public for generations to come.”
The LWCF was established in 1964 to support land conservation and urban parks. The program works in partnership with federal, state, and local efforts to protect land in our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, and other public lands; to preserve working forests and ranchlands; to support state and local parks and playgrounds; to preserve battlefields and other historic and cultural sites; and to provide the tools that communities need to meet their diverse conservation and recreation needs.
Senator King is the Chairman of the Senate National Parks subcommittee and was instrumental in the negotiations and passage of The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which was also championed by Senator Collins, and Reps. Pingree and Golden, and was signed into law in 2020. The bipartisan GAOA fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and addresses the deferred maintenance backlog at our national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forest lands.
Pingree is ranking member of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the NPS.