Congress Sends Expanded Public Lands Access to President

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, and the bill is headed to President Trump to sign into law. Among other things, the legislation permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a provision that funds an effort to buy and leave access easements for hunters and recreational shooters to isolated pockets of public land. The fund expired in October, but with this authorization, funds would be made permanently available to continue the effort to increase public access to federal lands.