ICYMI: Conservationists Praise Gianforte’s Support of Great American Outdoors Act
Yesterday, Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) voted for the Great American Outdoors Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a 310-107 vote. The bill now goes to President Trump, who has indicated he will sign it into law.
Conservation groups praised Gianforte for his leadership and support of the Great American Outdoors Act:
Glenn Marx, executive director of Montana Association of Land Trusts: “Great going, Greg Gianforte and the Montana Congressional Delegation for your votes in support of the Great American Outdoors Act and full permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This is a historic accomplishment that greatly benefits America, Montana, outdoor recreation, public access, local economies, conservation and so much more.”
Tim Brady, president of Boone and Crockett Club: “Our nation’s federal public lands were a gift to all Americans that began through the vision of Theodore Roosevelt, the founder of the Boone and Crockett Club. The Great American Outdoors Act continues this conservation vision providing the commitment not just to conserve important habitat and natural areas, but also to conduct critical maintenance actions on our existing network of lands. This is a landmark conservation action and we greatly appreciate the leadership of Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte to enact this extraordinary bill."
Mac Minard, executive director of Montana Outfitters and Guides Association: “Montana Outfitters and Guides Association applauds Representative Greg Gianforte for his support of The Great American Outdoors Act currently moving through Congress. Congressman Gianforte has been a strong advocate for GAOA since its inception as it now represents the landmark bi-partisan sportsmen and outdoor recreation legislation of our time. GAOA will fully fund LWCF, which is vitally important to maintaining and improving access to our treasured public lands. It also includes funding for fixing crumbling infrastructure in our National Parks system. When taken in its entirety, GAOA will harness the economic power that comes from the American Outdoor recreation industry.”
R. Kyle Weaver, president & CEO of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation: “RMEF recognizes Congressman Gianforte for supporting the Great American Outdoors Act. This bill is a landmark victory for conservation that will benefit hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationists for generations to come.”
Jeff Crane, president of Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation: “The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) applauds the passage of the historic Great American Outdoors Act. This once-in-a-lifetime legislation will help ensure that sportsmen and women have access to Bureau of Land Management Lands, National Forests, and the National Wildlife Refuge System, which collectively support more than 25 million hunting days and 45 million fishing days each year. Coupled with permanent and dedicated funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, this legislation is a monumental victory for sportsmen and women.”
Gray N. Thornton, president and CEO of the Wild Sheep Foundation: “Greg Gianforte is helping make a smart law smarter. GAOA applies the benefits of resources under the ground to obtain the benefits of parks and public lands on the surface. It commits LWCF funds to their intended use, which includes the care of public lands we already have. It’s a proud day for conservation.”
Marcia Argust, project director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Restore America’s Parks: “Pew commends Rep. Gianforte for his support of the Great American Outdoors Act. The overwhelming bipartisan passage of the Great American Outdoors Act by the House of Representatives is testament to the bill’s importance and broad public support. This momentous legislation will help to preserve our nation’s cultural and natural legacy and help local economies get back on their feet.”
Clayton Elliott, conservation director of Montana Trout Unlimited: “Today, the U.S. House joined the Senate in making good on a long promise to our public lands and outdoor heritage by passing the Great American Outdoors Act. Securing full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund will mean that Montanans will have even more public access to enjoy our world class fisheries. Importantly, the legislation will also invest in our public lands by addressing decades of maintenance backlogs while restoring and conserving coldwater fisheries and their habitat. It has been a long road to get here, but we thank Congressman Gianforte for supporting this deal for Montana. Thank you.”