Congresswoman Hanabusa’s Statement on Bipartisan Agreement Reauthorizing LWCF, Paying for National Park Maintenance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa praised the passage of measures permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and dedicating new funding to National Park Service maintenance that cleared the House Natural Resources Committee.
On Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R.502 - To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and H.R.6510 - Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act. Congresswoman Hanabusa is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 6510 and co-sponsor of H.R 502.
“The permanent reauthorization of the LWCF is an important part of protecting our nation’s natural treasures. Over the past 50 years, about $249 million from the LWCF has been used to preserve and protect the Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks, James Campbell and Hakalau National Wildlife Refuges, and the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. This Fund encourages and supports active, outdoor recreation in Hawaii, benefitting our economy, residents and visitors,” said Congresswoman Hanabusa. “This bipartisan agreement will help address the severe maintenance backlog that is hampering operations at too many of our national parks. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Hawaii has a backlog at nine National Park Service units totaling $152.9 million. I urge my colleagues to continue the spirit of bipartisanship that forged these compromises and quickly pass these important measures.”