Sept. 2019 marks 55 years since the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was created. A milestone that Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) have marked by a collaborative effort to secure future funding.

On Tuesday they joined a group of bipartisan senators, most from the western states, to call for full, permanent funding of the LWCF in the fiscal 2020 budget. This follows the successful passage by Congress of permanent reauthorization in Feb. 2019. This was followed by a bipartisan effort in the U.S. Senate to permanently fund it at a level of $900 million per year.

The senators put out a joint statement that said, in part: “As you work to enact legislation that will address Federal funding needs for the fiscal year 2020 and beyond, we urge you to seize the opportunity for including a bipartisan win for future generations—full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This investment would protect and conserve our national parks and public lands, support the nation’s $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, and finally fulfill the original promise of the LWCF.”

While the two Colorado senators worked to secure permanent reauthorization, cosponsoring the legislation, they also published an op-ed piece calling for the same measures.