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Kinzinger Touts the Great American Outdoors

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Washington, July 31, 2020 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Last week, the House passed the Great American Outdoors Act—a bipartisan bill that funds the conservation and protection of our national parks.
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Washington, DC – Last week, the House passed the Great American Outdoors Act—a bipartisan bill that funds the conservation and protection of our national parks. This LANDmark measure will soon be signed into law, marking a huge win for the country’s public lands, outdoor recreation, and the economy as a whole.

This major victory for nature comes during National Park and Recreation Month, a time for Americans to celebrate our nation’s treasured places and recognize the importance of preserving them for generations to come.

In touting this major achievement, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

As we continue to battle the coronavirus, the great outdoors has never felt so important to our daily lives and our mental health. Our bipartisan effort to invest in our national treasures, and the communities that surround them, was a critical one. This much needed funding will restore our national parks and address overdue repairs, and it will help the economy through job creation and tourism revenue.

Many Americans, like myself, have found themselves eager to get outside and enjoy the solace of nature during these stressful and uncertain times. And no matter where you are in the country, there is a park or trail or cultural site to explore.

 “Here in Illinois, we are home to FIVE National Parks and TWO National Heritage Areas—including the Abraham Lincoln NHA, which was extended earlier this year by a measure I co-authored in Congress. Illinois also has many National Park Service sites and other protected lands, like the Nachusa Grasslands in #IL16, which is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy located in Franklin Grove, Illinois. I visited and toured the grounds last year, and was amazed by the work they do to restore and protect the 3,800 acres of prairie, woodlands, and wetlands (including the many inhabitants).”

“America is a beautiful country—from her stunning landscapes, rich history and cultural sites, to the opportunities she provides us to go explore, we’re lucky to call it home. This land is our land, so let’s take care of it.

More information here on the Great American Outdoors Act can be found here.

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