July 14, 2020

Senator Hassan Visits White Mountain National Forest, Addresses Importance of Passing Great American Outdoors Act Into Law

Senator Hassan Visited Jigger Johnson Campground, Hiked to Rocky Gorge

CONWAY – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today toured the Jigger Johnson campground and hiked to Rocky Gorge in the White Mountain National Forest, where she discussed the recent Senate passage of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which will help address the maintenance backlog at public lands. Senator Hassan co-sponsored the bill.

 

Senator Hassan met with White Mountain National Forest’s Saco District Ranger Jim Innes, Recreation Manager Brian Johnston, and Public Affairs Officer Sherman Hogue.

 

“I appreciated the opportunity to visit Jigger Johnson Campground and Rocky Gorge, and reflect on the vision of those who first preserved these lands,” said Senator Hassan. “Our public lands are such a valuable treasure and spur our Granite State tourism industry, but they need additional federal funds so that Americans can continue to enjoy them for generations to come. Today we saw specific ways that funding for deferred maintenance – as well as permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund – could make a big difference in New Hampshire. I encourage the House of Representatives to swiftly follow our lead in the Senate and pass the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act.”

 

In June, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and provide mandatory funding for deferred maintenance on public lands. New Hampshire has a backlog of more than $43 million in deferred maintenance. The Land and Water Conservation Fund helps preserve and maintain critical lands for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and recreational areas in New Hampshire and across the country.

 

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