Congress finally passed a national spending bill that looks to benefit outdoorsmen across the country. This bill is in many ways a response to the Trump Administration’s views of National Parks and environmental protections, as it secures funding for key agencies that strive to monitor, improve, and preserve the lands and waterways we, as sportsmen, cherish. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Land and Water Conservation Fund, North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, and Department of the Interior, all secured their 2017 funding and then exceeded those respective amounts with additional funds. Similarly, this spending bill will provide funding to combat the proliferation of Asian Carp in great lakes regions and, “maintains or increases funding for clean water programs across the country, including for the Chesapeake Bay,” as reported by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This is a major win for outdoorsmen across the country and shows a vote of confidence by Congress with their bipartisan support for the preservation and protection of our lands, waterways, and wildlife. Hopefully this trend of increased federal support for our environment will continue, but in any event, we’ll take this victory.
Will Poston is a member of the Flylords Content Team. Be sure to check him out on Instagram @will_poston!
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