Gallagher: GAOA takes important steps to preserve Wisconsin's state and community parks

July 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after the House passed the Great American Outdoors Act by a vote of 310 to 107. The bill requires mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the maintenance backlog facing the nation’s national parks and public lands. The bill passed the Senate last month by a vote of 73-25. President Trump today indicated he would sign the bill into law. 

"In Northeast Wisconsin, our community has experienced the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund firsthand," said Rep. Gallagher. "By fully funding this program and ensuring funds for deferred maintenance, the Great American Outdoors Act takes important steps to preserve Wisconsin's state and community parks, and ensures Americans across the country can access these treasures for generations to come. I'm glad this bill is on its way to the President's desk to be signed into law."

The bill requires full funding for the LWCF, which has happened only once since 1965. The state of Wisconsin has received nearly $225.8 million in LWCF funding since the creation of this fund, including more than $12 million in Northeast Wisconsin. Click HERE for an interactive map of projects that have received funding, or see a county-by-county breakdown for the Eighth District below:

  • Brown County: 59 projects have received $2,473,757.65
  • Calumet County: 26 projects have received $617,628.20
  • Door County: 48 projects have received $3,914,803.04
  • Kewaunee County: 11 projects have received $282,453.79
  • Marinette County: 23 projects have received $1,269,857.98
  • Menominee County: 1 project has received $6,892.58
  • Oconto County: 9 have received $158,012.91
  • Outagamie County: 40 projects have received $966,017.87
  • Shawano County: 32 projects have received $778,045.90
  • Waupaca County: 29 projects have received $687,932.04
  • Winnebago County: 43 projects have received $1,824,795.85

Background:

Rep. Gallagher is a co-sponsor H.R. 1225, the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act which addresses deferred maintenance funding for national parks, and last year voted in favor of S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which permanently reauthorized the LWCF.

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