"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

 
 

 

 

 

News Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014

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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