Hurd Continues Efforts to Support Public Lands

February 26, 2019
Press Release
‘It is vital that we protect and maintain these natural treasures for future generations to enjoy’

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23), who represents eight national parks and historic sites across South and West Texas, was proud to continue to advocate for public lands by supporting the bipartisan Natural Resources Management Act. This package, now on its way to the President’s desk for signature, brings together over 100 natural resources bills that protect and increase access to parks and public lands through measures such as:

  • Permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has been vital for preserving national and state parks including the San Antonio Missions and Government Canyon State Park;
  • Providing 4th graders with free access to national parks and other public lands through the Every Kid Outdoors Act; and,
  • Increasing access to federal lands for hunting and fishing.

“Our national parks and public lands are an integral part of the American experience. It is vital that we protect and maintain these natural treasures for future generations to enjoy,” said Hurd. “Today’s vote shows strong bipartisan commitment by Congress to ensure our parks can continue to provide immeasurable cultural, environmental and economic benefits across communities. I’m proud to help get this bill across the finish line today and will continue to do all that I can to support our national parks.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been a simple but highly effective tool with a proven track record over the last 50 years. This federal program enables communities to support its local treasures like our own World Heritage Site the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Conservation of such areas improves our quality of life, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and creates economic growth,” said Suzanne Scott, General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority.

“This package is the biggest piece of conservation legislation passed in years and encompasses decades of hard work by NPCA our allies and national park champions like Congressman Hurd,” said Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association. “This legislation protects some of our nation’s most treasured public lands, wilderness areas, waterways, wildlife, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Through these new park designations and expansions, this bipartisan legislation paves the way for a more diverse and inclusive National Park System that more adequately reflects our rich and diverse cultural heritage and evolving national narrative. And future generations will have the opportunity to more easily access and experience all their national parks and public lands have to offer. We commend Congressman Hurd who continues to be a champion for our national parks in Texas and beyond, which remain a vital economic driver for local communities across the country.”

“Texas is home to some of the best birds, other wildlife and public lands in the United States,” said Suzanne Langley, executive director of Audubon Texas. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act include important conservation efforts that not only protect birds but also support countless Texans working in the vibrant ecotourism industry that brings people from all over the world to the Lone Star State. Audubon is grateful for Congressman Hurd’s vote to extend these popular and commonsense programs, and we look forward to future opportunities to work with him as we protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.”

Hurd has been a staunch advocate for TX-23’s eight national parks and historic sites, including Big Bend and the San Antonio Missions, along with state and local ecological initiatives, such as Mission Reach and Mitchell Lake restoration projects in Bexar County, throughout his time in Congress.