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Local federal parks benefit from reauthorized bill

Back on Feb. 18, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, stood outside the Women’s Rights National Historical Park amid snowflakes and urged Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, said the LWCF provides valuable federal funding for the women’s rights park, the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Tyre and the Finger Lakes National Forest in Covert, Lodi and Hector.

The program expired Dec. 31 and was not reauthorized by Congress.

But Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, campaigned to get the new Congress to reauthorize it and jointly announced last week that the fund has been permanently reauthorized, passed by Congress and signed by the President.

The LWCF has been instrumental in preserving some of the nation’s most important and iconic public spaces. It has provided more than $336 million in funding to protect public lands, water resources and historic sites across the state, Schumer said.

Gillibrand and Schumer included the reauthorization in the Natural Resources Management Act, which was signed into law March 12.

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