Sen. Cory Gardner applauds President Trump's support to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

WASHINGTON (GrayDC) -- Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are praising the full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Senators from both sides of the aisle gather in the Capitol to celebrate the permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Source: Gray DC)

There is currently a $12 billion maintenance backlog at national parks, according to Colorado's Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO). The permanent funding will allow that backlog to be addressed.

"In Colorado alone, that's $245 million," said Gardner.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was first authorized at $900 million a year, funded from federal oil and gas revenues.

But in recent years, the funding has been diverted away, according to Gardner.

The agreement will provide for $900 million yearly for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Restore Our Parks Act will ensure funding of $1.3 billion for five years.

"Colorado is the heart of our nation's public lands," said the Senator.

Watch the full interview with Sen. Cory Gardner above.

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