"Our community works hard to protect its rural and wild character. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been a big help in doing that. America benefits when it invests in clean water, productive land and wildlife habitat. I support full funding of the LWCF. It's a small investment with a very big dividend."

- Melanie Parker
Outfitter and member of Swan Valley School Board, MT

 
 

 

 

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Bipartisan Energy Bill Includes Permanent Authorization for Americas Most Important Conservation Program

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bipartisan agreement to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund advanced today as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to send a bipartisan energy bill to the full Senate.  Unless Congress acts, LWCF’s current authorization will expire on September 30

 

Last week, conservation leaders from across the country hailed the breakthrough agreement reaffirming LWCF’s 50-year-old promise to the American people that a small portion of the revenues derived from offshore oil and gas development are dedicated to make strategic investments to protect America’s irreplaceable natural, historic and recreational outdoor areas. 

 

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition congratulates Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell for moving the Energy Policy Modernization Act forward.  We deeply appreciate their conservation leadership,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition.  “Today’s bipartisan vote is an important step forward to ensure that LWCF, America’s most important conservation program, is made permanent.  With less than 70 days until LWCF expires, we will be working overtime to get this breakthrough agreement signed into law.”

 

At the beginning of this year, a bipartisan group of 59 senators, led by Senators Burr, Ayotte and Bennet, voted on the Senate floor to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Rowsome.  “The Energy Policy Modernization Act advances that effort and we look forward to working with bipartisan outdoor conservation champions in the Senate to secure the future of this vital program.”

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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, historical preservationists and conservation organizations working to protect America’s public lands and safeguard our shared outdoor heritage for future generations.

 

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Conservation Leaders Hail Bipartisan Agreement for Land and Water Conservation Funding

 

Murkowski-Cantwell Agreement Provides a Permanent Authorization for Americas Most Important Conservation Program; Establishes Fund for Park Maintenance

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Conservation leaders from across the country today celebrated a major breakthrough for conservation as Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell announced a bipartisan agreement to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  Unless Congress acts, LWCF’s current authorization will expire in less than 70 days.

 

The deal reaffirms LWCF’s 50-year-old promise to the American people that a small portion of the revenues derived from offshore oil and gas development are dedicated to make strategic investments to protect America’s irreplaceable natural, historic and recreational outdoor areas.  The bipartisan proposal, included in a proposed energy bill unveiled today,represents a significantopportunityfor the conservation of America’s shared outdoor heritage.  Senator Cantwell, a lead sponsor of pending legislation to secure permanence and dedicated full funding for LWCF, is a longtime champion of this cornerstone conservation program.

 

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition is proud to endorse this historic bipartisan proposal tomake America’s most important conservation program permanent,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition.  “We congratulate Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell for their exemplary conservation leadership.  LWCF is a 50-year old bipartisan success story and this agreement continues that tradition of bipartisan conservation leadership for the 21st Century and beyond.

 

“Our work is not done.  With only 70 days until LWCF expires, we will be working with Chairman Murkowski, Ranking Member Cantwell and bipartisan outdoor conservation champions to get this breakthrough agreement through the House and Senate and to the President for his signature.

 

“The Murkowski-Cantwell agreement recognizes the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to jobs, economic prosperity and growth.  It is a win for communities across the country that benefit from the economic, cultural and recreational value of America’s public lands and close-to-home recreation.  With its commitment to meet our nation’s conservation and recreation needs at the local, state and federal levels through LWCF, as well as addressing the maintenance and upkeep of our National Parks through a separate fund, the agreement sends a strong message to the nation about importance of our shared outdoor heritage.  The LWCF Coalition is committed to working with the Chairman and Ranking Member in the coming months to see this historic breakthrough signed into law.

 

“At the beginning of this year,a bipartisan group of 59 senators, led by Senators Burr, Ayotte and Bennet, voted on the Senate floor topermanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  This welcome proposal from Senators Murkowski and Cantwell revives that effort in this critical moment in LWCF's history, and we look forward to working with them to secure the future of this vital program."

 

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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, historical preservationists 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 conserved using LWCF funds, visit www.lwcfcoalition.org.

 

 

 

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America’s Most Important Conservation Program Expires in Less than 100 Days

Bipartisan Conservation Leaders Urge Action on LWCF

 

Washington, D.C.– A bipartisan group of conservation leaders in the Senate and House will call for the immediate reauthorization of America’s most important conservation program at news conference on 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25:  The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

 

What: Bipartisan press conference to highlight expiration of America’s most important conservation program and the urgent need to act.

 

When: 10:00 a.m. EDT, Thursday June 25

 

Where: Senate “Swamp” (located on the grass across the drive from the east Senate steps)

 

Who: Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) – Invited

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) – Invited

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) 

Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA-7)

Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA-5)

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8) – Invited

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) – Invited

Congressman Chris Gibson (R-NY-19) – Invited

Jay Leutze, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

 

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, recreation infrastructure 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.

 

 

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LWCF Coalition Statement on FY16 House Interior Appropriations

 

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

 

"The draft FY 2016 House Interior Appropriations bill once again shortchanges America's most important conservation program.  We are disappointed that the bill, constrained by a Congressional budget that grossly underfunded natural resources in general, cuts funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 20 percent from last year's enacted level.  As a result, irreplaceable natural land and water, historic sites and outdoor recreational areas will go unfunded, leaving communities across America in limbo for another year. 

 

We recognize the Subcommittee's constraints, and we appreciate that the draft bill proposes better levels for LWCF than last year's House bill.  However, the funding levels for LWCF in the draft bill simply do not do enough to protect critical natural, historic and cultural places and could potentially leave places like Acadia National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Everglades Headwaters, and many, many others special places across the country without funding. 

 

For 50 years, communities in every state and nearly every county have relied on LWCF funds as economic investments that help to solve local problems, protect water in drought-stricken areas, prevent wildfires, and provide hunting, fishing and other needed recreation access to public lands.  In response to these mounting needs, 196 House members from both sides of the aisle jointly requested robust funding levels for LWCF this year, and this bill unfortunately falls short.

 

The constraints of the annual appropriations process highlights the need for a permanent funding solution by returning honest budgeting to LWCF.  This is not a question of resources, it is a matter of priorities.  Congress continues to raid the LWCF trust fund, with more than 70 percent of LWCF dollars diverted for unrelated spending. 

 

The LWCF Coalition will continue to push Congress and the Administration to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it expires in 110 days."  

 

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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

 

Ranking Member Grijalva, Rep. Fitzpatrick Introduce Bill to Permanently Establish Land and Water Conservation Fund, Prevent Sept. Expiration

April 15, 2015

 

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Washington, D.C. –Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act. Over its 50-year history, the LWCF has come to be recognized as America’s most important conservation program. Without congressional action, the program’s current authorization will expire at the end of September.

 

LWCF is the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, Civil War battlefields, state and local parks, working forests and critical wildlife areas. The bill ensures that public lands remain truly accessible to the American people for outdoor recreation by setting aside at least 1.5 percent (a minimum of $10 million) of LWCF funds to increase access to existing federal public lands for hunting, fishing and other recreational purposes.

 

The new bill is the House companion to S.338 and incorporates language approved by a Senate majority in January.

 

“Conserving land for future generations is one of our government’s primary responsibilities to the American people,” Rep. Grijalva said. “The LWCF’s mission is popular, but it’s more than that – it’s a binding guarantee Congress and the federal government have made to the public. Drawing out the uncertainty over the program’s funding every few years serves no one, especially when our constituents so strongly believe in the LWCF’s mission and value to the country. We should make it permanent, avoid prolonged budget battles and get back to the business of protecting our natural spaces. Anything less is a disservice to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the generations of Americans who gave us the many beautiful American landscapes we enjoy today.”

 

“For 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has remained the nation’s premier conservation, recreation and preservation support program,” Rep. Fitzpatrick said. “While authorized by Congress, the program is not funded by taxpayer dollars, making it a responsible, practical method to protect our nation’s natural landscape and beauty. Polling has consistently shown that the American people believe that Congress should continue to honor its commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and I am proud to stand with Congressman Grijalva to permanently reauthorize this critical program.”

 

“The LWCF Coalition is extremely grateful to Representatives Grijalva and Fitzpatrick for their commitment to a lasting American conservation vision through the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition. “For the last half century LWCF has conserved iconic landscapes in every state, ensured the protection of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, monuments, and Civil War battlefields, and supported community investments in parks and outdoor recreation activities. This legislation will make LWCF a permanent part of America’s commitment to conservation and ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the outdoors.”

 

“Investments in America’s public lands through LWCF touch the lives of the 142 million people who recreate outside each year and benefit every county in the country,” said Catherine Walker, Senior Vice President & General Counsel at REI. “The outdoor industry contributes $646 billion in direct consumer spending and depends on our public lands and waters for vital recreation infrastructure. Along with the Outdoor Industry Association, REI is in town this week to ask Congress to keep LWCF a healthy and vibrant part of America's conservation agenda through reauthorization and full funding of the program.”

 

The House bill’s full list of cosponsors is below.

 

Democrats

 

Raúl M. Grijalva (Ariz.)

Debbie Dingell (Mich.)

Jared Polis (Colo.)

Jared Huffman (Calif.)

Mike Thompson (Calif.)

Raul Ruiz (Calif.)

Mark Takai (Hawaii)

Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.)

Matt Cartwright (Pa.)

Niki Tsongas (Mass.)

 

Republicans

 

Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.)

Frank Guinta (N.H.)

Chris Gibson  (N.Y.)

Ryan Costello (Pa.)

Bob Dold (Ill.)

Dave Reichert (Wash.)

Frank LoBiondo (N.J.)

Peter King (N.Y.)

 

About the Land and Water Conservation Fund

 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, signed into law on September 3, 1964, established a dedicated means for the conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks. LWCF is the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, civil war battlefields, as well as state and local parks, working forests and critical wildlife areas. It is rightly characterized as America’s most important conservation program. 

 

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

 

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 protected by LWCF funds, visit http://www.lwcfcoalition.org.

 

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Spotlights America’s Most Important Conservation Program in Two-Day Southeastern Swing

 

Events at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Georgia and Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia Demonstrate Significance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to thevitality of urban and rural communities

 

Washington, D.C.– On a two-day swing through Georgia and Virginia this week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will highlight the need to fully fund and reauthorize America’s most important conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The events will celebrate the success of the 50-year old landmark conservation law and underscore its importance as the nation’s most effective tool for preserving and protecting rivers, lakes and other water resources, to expand the interpretation of historic and cultural sites, and to conserve natural landscapes for public outdoor recreation use and enjoyment across the country.

 

On Monday, the Secretary will visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs, Georgia, spotlighting LWCF’s role in providing access to outdoor recreational opportunities.  She will be joined by representatives from the Georgia DNR, the Trust for Public Land and a local river outfitter.  On Tuesday, the focus will be on LWCF’s historical and cultural preservation aspects when Secretary Jewell is joined by the president of the Civil War Trust at the Appomattox Court House National Park in Appomattox, Virginia.  Both sites are administered by the National Park Service whose representatives will also be on hand.

 

“The LWCF Coalition is extremely grateful to Secretary Jewell, the National Park Service and all of the local conservation partners in Georgia and Virginia for their commitment to ensuring the vitality of local communities through programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Over its 50-year history, LWCF has conserved iconic landscapes in every state, ensured the protection of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, working lands and civil war battlefields, and supported community investments in parks, outdoor recreation activities, and sportsmen’s access,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition.   

 

The LWCF Coalition released a report highlighting the importance of the program over the last half-decade.  The report, “50 Years of Conserving America the Beautiful,” examined the successes of LWCF at the half-century mark and made policy recommendations to make the program more effective. 

 

In January of this year, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The bipartisan vote represented a significant show of support for conservation and outdoor recreation, and provided momentum for the campaign to strengthen and reauthorize America’s most important conservation program.  LWCF’s current authorization is set to expire in September of this year.  LWCF has played a vital role in boosting local economies in every state; for every $1.00 invested through LWCF, there is an economic return of $4.00.     

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About the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, signed into law on September 3, 1964, established a dedicated and permanent means for the conservation and protection of America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and outdoor landmarks.  LWCF is the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, civil war battlefields, as well as creating and developing state and local parks.  It is rightly characterized as America’s most important conservation program.   

 

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 support 9.4 million jobs and contribute more than a trillion dollars annually to the U.S. economy.     

 

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.

 

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Colorado Groups Praise U.S. Senators Bennet and Gardner for  supporting America’s most important conservation program

Majority of Senate votes for Burr-Bennet-Ayotte Amendment; falls just short of 60 votes needed

Washington, DC – An amendment to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, supported by both Colorado Senators, was nearly adopted by the United States Senate Thursday on a bipartisan vote of 59-39. 

The bipartisan vote to permanently authorize LWCF, which just missed the 60-vote threshold for passage, represents a significant show of support for conservation and outdoor recreation, and provides momentum for the campaign to strengthen and reauthorize America’s most important conservation program.  LWCF’s current authorization is set to expire in September of this year.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) was a lead sponsor and led the fight for this amendment. He was joined by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and 13 other Republicans and 45 Democratic Senators in support of the amendment.

Colorado has benefited greatly from the LWCF Program, conserving important recreational lands at Rocky Mountain National Park and the Uncompahgre National Forest; fishing and hunting access and river protection at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area; nationally important historic sites; working forests; critical wildlife habitat areas; and a multitude of local parks, trails, and more through the State Grants Program. 

The amendment would also have increased public access to public lands for sportsmen and women by ensuring that a minimum of $10 million of LWCF funds are dedicated each year to enhance public access to existing federal public lands for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes.

Colorado conservation, recreation, and sportsmen leaders commented following the Senate’s action Thursday:

“As the State of Colorado’s longest-standing organization focused on outdoor recreation and protection of wild lands, the Colorado Mountain Club was pleased to see such strong bipartisan support for reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Scott Robson, Executive Director of the Colorado Mountain Club.  “The positive economic and environmental impacts LWCF has had on diverse populations around Country have been enormous over the decades, and no place more so than Colorado.  We urge the Senate to revisit this critical issue again soon.”

“Federal public lands provide some of the best opportunities for anglers and hunters, and sportsmen nationwide have reaped the benefits of LWCF’s investments.  We thank Senators Bennet and Gardner for standing with sportsmen and supporting LWCF and our hunting and angling heritage on public lands,” said David Nickum, Executive Director of the Colorado Trout Unlimited.

“The Colorado Wildlife Federation’s members range from hunters to anglers to wildlife watchers and recreationists. We know how important the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been for maintaining fish and wildlife habitat, and conserving public lands here and nationwide,” said Suzanne O’Neill, Executive Director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation. “It’s heartening that both Colorado senators voted to permanently reauthorize the fund and we encourage them to continue working across the aisle to make sure that finally happens.”

"Thank you to Senators Bennet and Gardner for their efforts to continue the long standing bipartisan support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Protecting places for Coloradoans to get outside and enjoy the beauty of our state is core to our values and way of life," said Jim Petterson, Colorado State Director of The Trust for Public Land. “It was heartening to see the widespread support in both parties for a program that is so important to local communities and economies.”

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical tool for connecting landscapes and conserving wild places in the state of Colorado,”said Scott Miller, Senior Regional Director for the Wilderness Society. “We commend Senators Bennet and Gardner for their support for permanent reauthorization of LWCF, and look forward to working with them to finish the job in the 114th Congress.”

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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.

 

 

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President’s Budget Makes Historic Investment in Land and Water Conservation

 

“The President's Budget recognizes the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to jobs, economic prosperity and growth.”

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – President Obama’s FY 2016 budget recommendations, released today, include a commitment to full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s most important conservation program.  The $900 million proposed for LWCF upholds the 50-year-old promise that a small portion of the revenues derived from offshore oil and gas development is dedicated to make strategic investments to protect America’s irreplaceable natural, historic and recreational outdoor areas.  The budget figure represents a significant victory for the conservation of America’s shared outdoor heritage.

 

Each year, $900 million of royalty payments are deposited into the LWCF account, making it one of the few federal programs that is fully paid for; much of this funding, however, is typically diverted to unrelated federal spending.  The President’s proposal, which is subject to Congressional approval, would end those diversions in two significant ways:

 

·         First, it would substantially increase, to $400 million in FY 2016, the amount available through Congressional appropriations to secure a host of now-or-never conservation needs including national, state, and local parks, forests, and other natural areas; critical access for hunting, fishing, and other recreation; historic battlefields and other cultural treasures; and conservation easements on working forests, farms, and ranches.

 

·         Second, it would transition LWCF to a dedicated program, guaranteeing that the remaining $500 in FY 2016, along with future LWCF receipts, will be spent in keeping with the promise and purposes of the program.

 

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

 

“Full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund keeps a 50-year-old promise made to the American people when this critical conservation and recreation program was established.  The President's Budget recognizes the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to jobs, economic prosperity and growth.  It is a win for communities across the country that benefit from the economic, cultural and recreational value of America’s public lands and close-to-home recreation.

 

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition applauds the conservation leadership of the President and the Administration and urges Congress to build on this momentum by reauthorizing and fully funding LWCF before the end of this year.  With its commitment to meet the conservation and recreation needs of communities across America, the President’s budget sends a strong message to the nation about importance of our shared outdoor heritage.  We are committed to working with Congress in the coming months to make this promise a reality and continue the important work of LWCF as America’s most important conservation program enters its sixth decade.” 

 

LWCF’s current authorization is set to expire in September of this year.  Last week, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted to permanently and immediately reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The bipartisan vote represented a significant show of support for conservation and outdoor recreation and provides significant momentum for the campaign to reauthorize LWCF this year.

 

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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, historical preservationists 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 conserved using LWCF funds, visit www.lwcfcoalition.org.

 

 

 

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Conservation Leaders Hail Bipartisan Vote to Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

 

Majority of Senate votes for Burr-Bennet-Ayotte Amendment; nearly adopted 59-39

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An amendment to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund was nearly adopted by the United States Senate today on a bipartisan vote of 59-39.  The bipartisan vote to permanently authorize LWCF, which just missed the 60-vote threshold for passage, represents a significant show of support for conservation and outdoor recreation, and provides significant momentum for the campaign to strengthen and reauthorize America’s most important conservation program.  LWCF’s current authorization is set to expire in September of this year.

 

The Burr-Bennet-Ayotte amendment also increased public access to our federal public lands for our nation's sportsmen and women by ensuring that not less than 1.5 percent, or a minimum of $10 million, of the annual LWCF funds are made available for recreational public access to existing federal public land for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes.

 

The Senate also voted decisively against the Daines amendment, which was a Sense of the Senate to reauthorize LWCF but suggested that the program be tinkered with in ways that could weaken its successful central conservation mission.

 

Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition issued the following statements following the Senate’s action:

 

“A bipartisan majority of the Senate today voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  The vote is an unequivocal win for conservation and our shared outdoor heritage.  LWCF is America’s most important conservation program, and today’s vote is a ringing bipartisan endorsement of the flexible solutions LWCF provides to meet America’s open space, clean water, outdoor recreation and economic needs.

 

The LWCF Coalition commends the amendment’s lead sponsors — Senators Burr, Bennet and Ayotte – and the many other senators who voted for the amendment for their strong bipartisan leadership and commitment to protecting America’s shared natural, cultural, historical and outdoor heritage.

 

We will build on this strong bipartisan vote and continue to work with the Congress and the Administration to see legislation fully funding and reauthorizing Land and Water Conservation Fund signed into law this year.”

 

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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, historical preservationists 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 conserved using LWCF funds, visit www.lwcfcoalition.org.

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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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