The Senate voted Tuesday (Feb. 12) to indefinitely extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a key funding mechanism for national and local parks

As reported by The Hill, the bipartisan renewal of the LWCF, which expired in October when Congress couldn’t come to an agreement on an extension, is the main pillar of a wide-ranging public lands bill the Senate voted to pass on Tuesday, 92-8.

The legislation is the first major public lands bill since 2014. In addition to the LWCF, it includes numerous national and locally tailored provisions related to federal land boundaries, recreation, sportsmen’s access to parks and more.

“This is a good bill we have in front of us,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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