Click on the following topics to see the federal recommendations that form the Mountain Pact’s previous and current policy priorities: 

  • Land and Water Conservation Fund

    • The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal fund, established in 1964, that is set up to invest in the conservation and preservation of public land and waters. The Mountain Pact urges Congress to fund and permanently reauthorize the LWCF at its full amount to ensure beneficial investment in management of America’s public lands.

  • Balanced Public Lands Use
     
    • Unidirectional, energy dominance focus on developing our public lands is harmful to to communities that have come to rely on outdoor recreation, tourism, hunting and fishing and the many other uses of public lands. Public lands are essential to western mountain communities and their way of life and must be managed with a true multiple use mandate to ensure their health and conservation into the future.
       
  • Defending Public Lands
     
    • National public lands are an integral part of the fabric of western communities and a critical driver of local economies. Through tools such as the Antiquities Act, the federal government can act to protect and enhance the American public land system. Simply put: an attack on the Antiquities Act is an attack on all American public lands and the communities and economies that rely on them.
  • Outdoor Economy and Public Lands

    • In order for outdoor recreation to be properly valued and to support the continued protection of public lands, it is crucial for the federal government to measure and account for the economic value of protected public lands and waters. Thanks to bipartisan leadership in Congress, the Outdoor REC Act has ensured that the jobs associated tourism, hunting and fishing, manufacturing of outdoor gear, and other economic implications of visits to our national parks and other public lands, which my community depends on, will finally be recognized and counted.

  • Wildfire Funding Reform
    • Wildfires have become a major threat to the Western United States and the growing costs of wildfire suppression greatly affect our communities.  Thanks to the 2018 Omnibus spending bill, there now includes a legislative change to ensure a reliable stream of funding for fighting catastrophic wildfires to avoid the disruptive practice of “fire borrowing” and address the continued erosion of land management programs that results from the increasing suppression levels.

  • Reforming Federal Coal
     
    • The Mountain Pact and the communities we work with support efforts to modernize the federal coal program by ensuring that the federal government implement policies and strategies that help mitigate the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the boom and bust cycles of coal development.