Land and Water Conservation Fund

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President Trump’s proposed budget diverts nearly all the revenue usually used for the Land and Water Conservation fund.

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Members of Maine's congressional delegation and environmental and outdoor groups are praising Senate passage this week of a historic public lands package that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The legislation is expected to win strong support in the House, and it comes after President Trump has pushed to scale back protections for public lands.

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Congress has until the end of September to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that has helped fund scores of projects in Maine.

The future of the federal Land and Water Conservation Program that has helped fund $183 million worth of projects in Maine since 1965 is once again uncertain, caught up in ongoing discussions over President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

Hundreds of park and forest projects across the state have been helped by the Land and Water Conservation Fund programs. Rangeley State Park, the Bigelow Preserve and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway are among the beneficiaries.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says it's growing unlikely that a deal can be worked out with the House on a broad energy bill the Senate approved eight months ago.

The bill would modernize the electric grid, improve efficiency efforts and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

“What they are trying to do is throw away the more controversial things, and let’s focus on things like energy efficiency, which would be a big deal, make a lot of difference - non mandatory, but would help us a lot,” King says.