President Trump signed S.47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act).
The signing ceremony took place in the Oval Office on Monday, March 12.
The massive bill consists of more than 100 separate bills that had been introduced by 50 Senators and several members of the House.
“President Trump knows that federal lands are meant to provide both peace and prosperity for the American people, and signing this bill allows us to continue managing public lands in a balanced way,” said Acting Secretary David Bernhardt in a news release. “This bill is extremely beneficial to the American people and I look forward to working with Congress and local communities to implement the many local conservation wins within the bill.”
The bill facilitates hundreds of individual land conservation efforts and permanently reauthorizes the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
The bill also contains provisions to advance or protect America’s hunting heritage. Some of these provisions were elements of the Sportsmen’s Heritage & Recreational Enhancement Act, or SHARE Act, that SCI and many hunting groups had been working to enact in successive Congresses since February of 2012.