The monumental public lands bill has been made a law, preserving conservation programs and recreational opportunities.
President Donald Trump has signed Senate Bill 47 (S.47) into law, reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and protecting public land and waters with a sweeping collection of programs, funding, and reform.
The movement was renamed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, in honor of the recently deceased Dingell, Congress history's longest-serving member.
The bill will have an effect on 2.5 million acres of public lands and over 500 miles of wild rivers.
Today, President @realDonaldTrump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which protects millions of acres of federal lands and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. pic.twitter.com/2e320Fv8im
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 12, 2019
Among other measures, the Act expands Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Death Valley National Park, while also preserving outdoor recreational access and opportunity on federal land.
Future generations now stand a far better chance at enjoying the same United States natural resources we do today, after a dire need was addressed when this bipartisan bill was made into law.
When it quickly passed Senate and Congressional approval last month, it was only a matter of time before it was made official.