U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a bipartisan package of bills that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund and increases access to federal lands for hunting and fishing.
The fund, whose authorization had expired in September, has pumped $329 million into Michigan in its 53-year history. It directly benefits the 8th District through funds that support the Brighton and Island Lake State Recreation Areas in Livingston County. It also increases the funding cap for the MotorCities National Heritage Area from $10 million to $12 million. The area touches 16 Michigan counties, including Oakland, Ingham and Livingston.
The act, which passed the Senate two weeks ago, 92-8, also establishes a research and development program for drones to monitor wildfires and designates several new protected parks, wildernesses, and other areas.
“My husband, Dave, and I love to fish with our best fishing rod and reel combo for beginners, and in Michigan, hunting, fishing and enjoying our parks, rivers and lakes are part of our way of life,” ” Slotkin said. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund has more than a 50-year track record of protecting and expanding our natural resources and creating vital outdoor-recreation jobs.
“Our office has fielded a high volume of calls and letters on the fund’s importance, which shows its importance to our state,” she added. “Supporting its reauthorization was an easy vote.”