- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Three northern New England senators are among the leaders in an effort to push for continued support of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr of North Carolina say the fund is key to enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities in every state.

The money pays to support working forests and ranches, national wildlife refuges, national forests, Civil War battlefields and other federal assets.

Its current authorization runs out Sept. 30, and the senators are pushing legislation to make that authorization permanent.

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