Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act. This strong, bipartisan legislation permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congresswoman Stefanik has been a consistent advocate for since her first term in Congress.
“The permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical win for my district, and one that I've been working toward since my first term,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The management, protection, and continued funding of our public lands and water are important not only for the safekeeping of our region’s landmarks and natural resources, but also for our tourism industry which directly affects our economy. This bipartisan legislation will positively and significantly impact my district for many years to come, and I’m proud to have played a role in its passage.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used for decades throughout New York’s 21st Congressional District, most recently in Sackett’s Harbor and Fort Ann. Additionally, this legislation authorizes and allocates dozens of land exchanges to state and local governments to further economic development, and allows for greater local control over water management that will help to save water, protect public safety, and enhance fish protections and wildlife habitats.