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Outdoor Alliance Testifies Before Congress

Tania Lown-Hecht

Every year, Congress works on laws that fund the operations of the federal government, including agencies like the Forest Service and the National Park Service. As we have before, Outdoor Alliance was invited to testify before the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. Yesterday Winter Wildlands’ Mark Menlove, on behalf of Outdoor Alliance, urged Congress to adequately fund the land management agencies.

Too often, underfunded Agencies are forced to restrict access, impacting outdoor recreation and the significant sector of the economy it supports. All of the agencies need enough resources to revise outdated management plans, especially the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, which have many promising new plan revisions underway. As final recommendations, we offered a specific target for the Forest Service’s Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness program, and supported the requested budgets for the National Park Service’s capital improvements and maintenance, and for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

You can read our entire testimony here.