Kuster Meets with Local Environmental and Recreational Leaders in the North Country to Discuss Importance of Outdoor Spaces and Recreation to NH Economy
Crawford Notch, NH – Yesterday, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Crawford Notch Highland Center and met with local environmental leaders to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) key role in supporting the protection of the White Mountain National Forest and other public lands and waters. Kuster also visited the Parker Mountain Trails in Littleton and met with Trail leadership, local government officials and recreationalists to learn more about the trail system and discuss the importance of outdoor recreation in the North Country economy. Rep. Kuster co-sponsored the Great American Outdoors Act, which became law earlier this month and will permanently fund the LWCF.
“As we continue working to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of us are spending more time outside and rediscovering our love of the outdoors and the importance of community recreation areas,” said Kuster. “The White Mountains are a natural treasure that draw in over 6 million visitors each year, and I’m thrilled the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law to help safeguard and preserve this beautiful place. I also had the opportunity to visit Parker Mountain for a conversation about the trail system and the importance of outdoor recreation in the North Country — so much more than a beloved pastime, it is a lifeline for our Granite State economy, and I remain committed to securing the funding and resources that are needed to support this industry and help it thrive.”
Kuster has long pushed for permanent reauthorization of the LWCF. In January, Rep. Kuster unveiled her Clean Energy Agenda, which includes legislation to permanently reauthorize funding for LWCF, address climate change, and transition to a clean energy economy. Kuster visited the Highland Center in August 2018 to discuss the importance of New Hampshire’s outdoor economy, and held a roundtable conversation that same month with environmentalists to highlight the need to reauthorize LWCF.