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The U.S. House has passed the Great American Outdoors Act, fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund and establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund.  4th District Congressman Jim Himes says the $900 million dollars dedicated to the LWCF support the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry, one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and protects natural areas from development, an important element of climate stewardship.  In the past, the LWCF has provided funds to help Connecticut acquire or expand treasures like Sherwood Island, Weir Farm, Carwin Park, Oyster Shell Park, the Stamford Nature Center, Johnson Oak Park, Jennings Beach, and many other outdoor recreation spaces.  Himes says this renewed, dedicated funding will lead to opportunities to acquire and protect more public land for Connecticut families to enjoy.

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