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Ep. 46: Make a Stand On LWCF, The Bite and Spit Technique, and Hot Lizard Plasticity

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Deal in an exclusive interview with the mediator. The Land and Water Conservation Fund passed in the early sixties. But in recent years the best we've done is to fund it at about half to have full and permanent funding. This has been the holy grail for a long time and a pair that up with being able to really address the backlog and trail maintenance and visitor centers and all the other things that are outdoor public. Land's economy relies on. This is a once in a lifetime. Opportunity said Senator Heinrich out of New Mexico. The bill already has fifty four co sponsors in the Senate from both parties again both parties. That is what bipartisan means. And that is what gets things done as a bonus Senate Majority Leader Mitch. Mcconnell who sets the vote schedule is a co-sponsor of the bill many members of the upper chamber of Congress or hoping to put the bill to a vote within a week or two only six more co sponsors would form a rare super majority a super majority brings with it. The possibility of little to no Florida Bait and know ye who's coming out of the woodwork. Trying to introduce damaging amendments. This bill arrives in the wake of president. Trump's tweet in support of the idea and in support of two Republican senators up for reelection. Some see political theater at play here but if you were on the side of wild lands wild places and having the ability to enjoy them. Who Cares about the theater? We have a rare opportunity for results. Senator Heinrich goes on to say well. Sometimes it's helpful to have an election or to focus the mind and I think that may have had some impact on this debate but whether people's motivations are political or not this is the right thing to do. I've been fighting these L. W. CF fights over twenty years. This is an enormous opportunity. And the one way you can get rid of all that issue fatigue is to do the right thing once and for all. Can you imagine not having to fight for the land and water conservation funding every year? No more Callahan having a heart. Bonnie to call your elected officials because we actually got it done. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in Nineteen. Sixty four to reinvest royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling into public parks access and recreation. Those funds have gone into more than forty thousand such projects. Nationwide L. W. CF sunset in two thousand fifteen and again in two thousand. Eighteen sunset is a warmer term for letting something laps. Like I didn't pay my rent. I let my rent sunset anyway L. Dobie cf was then permanently reauthorized last February. The fund accrues to nine hundred million annually but that full amount is only being appropriated twice typically more than half gets siphoned off for other purposes. There's a new. Bill will ensure that all of the money goes into conserving land and water resources. Every year. The National Park Service which manages many of America's marquee public lands from Yosemite to Yellowstone Great Smoky Mountain has accumulated some twelve billion dollars worth of deferred maintenance projects in recent years from potholed roads public restrooms. This act would provide one point. Three billion annually until two thousand twenty five to address these problems it would also provide two hundred eighty five million dollars annually to the US Forest Service for the same kinds of issues as well as around ninety five million dollars each to the bureau of land management US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Education Land Tawny President and CEO of back country hunters and anglers was among the conservation leaders..