"The Land and Water Conservation Fund protects special places that people want to visit, like the Skagit River here in Washington. We make a living helping people experience these places. And visitors benefit local economies. I support full funding for the LWCF for the sake of rural communities, the tourists they draw and the nature around them."

- Rod Amundson
Wildwater River Tours, Inc.






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2014

CONTACT: Justin Bartolomeo


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LWCF Coalition Statement on Lame Duck


The following statement can be attributed Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition.


“The lame duck session is ending with a spending bill that maintains previous-year funding levels for LWCF and represents an important endorsement of the program. At the same time, however, Congress fell short of the bigger commitment to LWCF that the program's many bipartisan champions in the House and Senate had urged, and the impacts will be felt in communities across America far into the future.


“We are particularly grateful to those Congressional champions who urged robust fundingfor the program and a long-term reauthorizing solution to meet diverse now-or-never conservation needs across the country, and who worked to hold the line on LWCF in the Omnibus.  Given those efforts, we are disappointed that Congress chose not to increase funding for LWCF as the Senate version of the bill had proposed, putting key resource areas and the economies that depend on them at serious risk across the country.  Moreover, the session will end without reauthorization of LWCF -- whose current legislation expires next September -- creating uncertainties for landowners and localities that could undermine ongoing efforts.


“Chronic underfunding of LWCF means communities across the nation are losing the economic vitality and community benefits these conservation projects bring.  LWCF represents a promise to the American people to invest a small portion of the proceeds from natural resource development in conservation and outdoor recreation. Without higher funding levels and a long-term solution for the program sought by LWCF's many Congressional supporters, that promise remains broken.


The LWCF Coalition believes that much more must be done.  The spending bill will allow critical investments in a host of projects to conserve working lands, national parks, forests, wildlife areas, trails, battlefields, and state and local parks. Many other iconic places, however, have gone unfunded and are at imminent risk of loss, and a robust, reliable, long-term fix is urgently needed.  We look forward to working with Congress and with communities across America to stem these losses and to secure the full, dedicated LWCF funding and reauthorization required to meet the nation's conservation, recreation, and economic needs.”


About the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level.  For 50 years, it has provided critical funding for land and water conservation projects, recreational construction and activities and the continued historic preservation our nation’s iconic landmarks from coast-to-coast.   


LWCF does not use any taxpayer dollars – it is funded using a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments.  Outdoor recreation, conservation and historic preservation activities contribute more than a trillion dollars annually to the U.S. economy, supporting 9.4 million jobs. 


About the LWCF Coalition

The LWCF Coalition is the umbrella group of more than 1,000 state and local land owners, small businesses, ranchers, sportsmen, veterans, outdoor recreationists and conservation organizations working to protect America’s public lands and safeguard our shared outdoor heritage for future generations.


The Coalition is united in its advocacy for the reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will ensure the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, civil war battlefields, as well as state and local parks.


For more information on LWCF and the places in each state that have been protected using LWCF funds, visit www.lwcfcoalition.org







News Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

CONTACT: Michael Hacker, 202.789.4365

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Conservation Leaders Reflect on LWCF at 50


Washington, DC – The following statements were made today by conservation leaders from across the country in honor of the Land and Water Conservation Fund on its 50th anniversary:

“Fifty years ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund was created and millions of Americans and their families have enjoyed the parks and trails near their homes which were created using LWCF money.  Now Congress should act to make sure LWCF exists far into the future to make sure every American family and their children have access to a nearby place to get outside.”

               Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land.


“The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s 50th anniversary is cause for celebration, and a chance to reflect on the irreplaceable natural, historic, and cultural landmarks that it has helped to conserve since 1964.  But there is still much work to be done to ensure we pass on a public lands legacy that we can be proud of to future generations.  LWCF must remain the premiere tool at our nation’s disposal to take advantage of the conservation opportunities as they arise over the next 50 years and beyond.  As we commemorate LWCF’s half-century of success, it is imperative to secure reauthorization, and while we’re at it fully fund LWCF before it expires in September of 2015.”

                                  Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society


"Over the past five decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has protected some of America's most amazing places, from the Grand Canyon to the Florida Everglades.  During this time, the program has also helped protect millions of acres of local parks, forests and trails in nearly every county in the country. Let's celebrate the success of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and urge Congress to do the same, by permanently and fully funding it.”


               Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America


“For 50 years, America has enjoyed the tremendous benefits that the Land and Water Conservation Fund brings to every state in the nation.  Communities across the country have seen the program at work everywhere from national landmarks to local parks, and felt the economic and recreation benefits it brings. Now is the time to celebrate 50 years of success for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to make sure Congress acts so that our children and grandchildren can experience the same wonder and way of life the program has brought to us.”


Tom Cors, Director of Government Relations for North American Lands, The Nature Conservancy


"The LWCF is not just for saving endangered species, protecting battlefields or creating suburban parks; it is fundamental to the future of hunting and fishing in America. The fund conserves critical fish and wildlife habitat and provides access for America's 37 million hunters and anglers. And when the fund conserves habitat and expands access, it directly supports the $90 billion that sportsmen and -women spend annually to hunt and fish."


Whit Fosburgh, President and CEO, Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership


“Throughout its 50 year history, the LWCF has been our nation’s most effective and far-reaching tool in conserving significant landscapes, protecting our natural resources and providing recreational access for generations of Americans.  We applaud the work of the LWCF coalition and thank members of our New York delegation for their efforts to ensure this program’s successful continuation.”


          Kim Elliman, President and CEO of the Open Space Institute.

“Unquestionably, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of America’s most important conservation laws.  Our nation’s national forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, national monuments and civil battlefields are the envy of the world and the birthright of every citizen.  TR helped to lay the foundation of this incredible tool for conservation, and as we commemorate its 50th anniversary, Congress should do its duty by renewing its commitment to conserving America’s outdoor treasures by reauthorizing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund this year”

Theodore Roosevelt IV, governing council member of The Wilderness Society, great grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt


“Camping, fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation activities are a way of life for many Americans.  This country’s natural resources are among our best economic assets.  The American outdoor recreation, conservation and historic preservation economy contributes more than $1 trillion annually to the overall economy and supports 9.4 million American jobs.  Every day, LWCF is working to enrich the lives of the American people while growing our economy.


Jay Leutze, Trustee of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy   


“The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge are excited to mark the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a critical funding source in creating the brand new Valle de Oro refuge, the Southwest's first urban wildlife refuge.  LWCF is helping Albuquerque's children and families become more connected to the land and to the Rio Grande, and I cannot overstate how powerful this refuge will be in shaping a better future for our community, our children and the broader community.  The people of the South Valley will forever be grateful for LWCF, the gift that will keep on giving for generations and generations.” 

          Teri Jillson, President of the Friends of Valle de Oro NWR


“As the nation’s oldest conservation and recreation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club celebrates the accomplishments of the Land and Water Conservation Fund over the past 50 years.  By protecting local parks, forests, distant mountaintops, and scenic rivers LWCF has provided numerous outdoor opportunities and has supported the ecological integrity of the Northeast and the entire nation. As we celebrate the public lands and waters protected and available thanks to LWCF, we also call upon Congress to act for a renewed commitment to the program and ensure that future generations are able to experience our country’s natural beauty.”


Susan Arnold, Vice President of Conservation, Appalachian Mountain Club




New Mexico- September 29, 2013


Colorado- September 27, 2013


Michigan- September 23, 2013


Idaho- September 19, 2013


California- September 7, 2013


National- July 22, 2013


Montana- July 9, 2013


National- July 2, 2013


Connecticut- June 6, 2013

Read more: Connecticut- June 6, 2013, Faith in Conserving Connecticut


New Hampshire-June 11, 2013