- March 16, 2017 - Conservation Leaders React To Trump Budget
- March 8, 2017 - Senators Cantwell and Burr Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund the LWCF
- March 1, 2017 - LWCF Coalition Congratulates Congressman Zinke on his Confirmation as Secretary of the Interior
- January 1, 2017 - LWCF Statement On Nomination of Congressman Zinke
- August 4, 2015 - LWCF Commends Senator Heinrich on Key Conservation Programs
- July 22, 2015 - Conservation Leaders Hail Bipartisan Agreement for Land and Water Conservation Funding
- March 23, 2015 - Read the Signed "Dear Colleague" Letter from 193 Representatives to House Appropriators
- July 23, 2014, Executive Summary of "50 Years of Conserving America the Beautiful"
- July 23, 2014, New Report Highlights 50 Years of Land and Water Conservation Success
- July 9, 2014, LWCF Coalition Statement on FY15 House Interior Appropriations Bill
- March 4, 2014, President's Budget Makes Historic Investment in Land and Water Conservation
- February 24, 2014, Coalition Statement on the Retirement of Congressman John Dingell
- February 18, 2014, Coalition Statement on the Retirement of Congressman Rush Holt
- January 14, 2014, Coalition Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2014
- December 18, 2013, Coalition Statement in Support of the Bipartisan Budget Act
- December 12, 2013, Coalition Recommends Confirmation of Tommy Beaudreau as Assistant Secretary of Interior for Policy, Management and Budget
- November 12, 2013, Coalition Supports Nomination of Neil Kornze as Director of BLM
- October 31, 2013, Coalition Applauds Secretary Jewell's Call for Conservation Action
- October 29, 2013, Coalition Statement on Proposal by Senator Coburn
- October 4, 2013, Coalition Statement on Government Shutdown
- August 1, 2013, Coalition Praises Senate Subcommittee for Proposal to Increase LWCF Conservation Funding
- July 23, 2013, House Subcommittee Axes Fund for Hunting, Fishing, Parks, and Battlefields to Feed Unrelated Spending
- April 10, 2013, President’s Budget Returns Oil and Gas Revenues to Land and Water Conservation, Boosting Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
- April 1, 2013, Local Elementary Students to Hand Deliver Thank You Notes for U.S. Senator’s Work to Protect Table Rocks, Oregon
- March 23, 2013, Senate Passes Budget that Returns Oil & Gas Revenues to Land and Water Conservation Fund
- March 13, 2013, LWCF Coalition Lauds Senate Budget for Commitment to Outdoor Economy, Ending Chronic Diversion of Conservation Funds
- March 7, 2013, LWCF Coalition Lauds Jewell for Commitment to Outdoor Economy
- February 14, 2013, Senators Introduce Bipartisian Bill to Renew and Improve Landmark Conservation Program
- February 6, 2013, LWCF Coalition Praises Nomination of Sally Jewell for Interior Secretary
- January 22, 2013, Statement from the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalitionon the Retirement of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
- September 26, 2012, Coalition Praises Senate Subcommittee for Proposal to Increase LWCF Conservation Funding
- July 3, 2012, Americans Support Land Conservation as Patriotic, Even as Congress Moves to Cut Funding
- June 28, 2012, LWCF Coalition Decries Efforts to Strip Conservation Funding From Final Transportation Bill
- June 25, 2012, Over 1,000 Groups Urge Congress to Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund
- June 20, 2012, LWCF Coalition Applauds Senate for Resounding Defeat of Proposal to Strip Forest Conservation Funding
- June 20, 2012, House Appropriations Panel Slashes Land Conservation and Forest Programs
- March 8, 2012 Coalition Applauds Senate for Dedicated Conservation Funding
- February 13, 2012 Coalition Applauds President's Continued Support for Conservation Funding
- December 17, 2011 Conservation, Business and Sportsmen Groups Applaud Congressional Efforts to Protect LWCF Funding in FY12 Budget
- July 25, 2011- New Bipartisan Poll Shows Overwhelming Support Across America for Land and Water Conservation Fund
- July 13, 2011- National Bipartisan Poll Memo
- May 31, 2011- Over One-Third of the U.S. House of Representatives Sign Letter Supporting Funding for LWCF
- April 14, 2011- Conrad Anchor Testimony Release
- December 20, 2010 - Senate Urged to Join House and Pass Bill with Full Funding for Conservation Program »
- August 3, 2010 - Senate Urged to Join House and Pass Bill with Full Funding for Conservation Program »
- July 15, 2010 - House Committee Passes Bill Securing Funding for Conservation and Recreation Program »
- April 16, 2010 - America's Great Outdoors Conference Focuses on Need for Vital Land, Recreation Funding »
- February 1, 2010 - Obama's Budget Includes Key Funding for Land & Water »
- November 6, 2009 - Senate Bill Would Fulfill Longstanding Promise for Conservation and Recreation Program »
- September 17 , 2009 - Coalition Supports Conservation at House Hearing »
Congress Terminates America’s Most Important Conservation Program
Anti-Conservation Politicians Run Out the Clock on the Land and Water Conservation Fund Putting America’s Outdoor Heritage in Danger
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress has allowed America’s most important conservation program to expire, putting America’s National Parks, battlefields, forests, Wildlife Refuges and outdoor recreation sites at risk. For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has kept a simple promise to the American people: when we allow offshore drilling for oil and gas that belongs to all of us, we set aside a small portion of the proceeds to protect America’s greatest places. Today that linkage between resource extraction and investment in the parks and places that make America great disappeared.
“This is a sad day for everyone who cares about our National Parks and outdoor conservation, recreation and wildlife. Congress has broken an enduring promise to the American people,” 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. “Starting tomorrow, oil drilling will continue, but the American people won't see a penny of the proceeds reinvested in outdoor conservation and recreation. This is a shameful and brazen assault on America’s greatest places.”
“The expiration of LWCF is an affront to every hunter and angler in the country,” said Land Tawney, Executive Director of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. “LWCF is the best tool for providing and improving access to the public lands we own, and without it I fear that the best of what America has protected will be locked away behind private tracts that rim our gamelands and national forests."
“Investments in America's public lands through the Land and Water Conservation Fund touch the lives of the 142 million people who recreate outside each year and benefit every county in the country. The outdoor industry contributes more than $646 billion in direct consumer spending annually and depends on our public lands and waters for vital recreation infrastructure,” said Amy Roberts, Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). “OIA and our 1300 members are disappointed that Congress has let America’s most important recreation and conservation program die. We will continue to work with leaders in Washington to make sure this expiration isn’t permanent.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund does not use any taxpayer money; it is funded entirely by oil extraction profits from offshore drilling. It is universally popular with the American people. However, a tiny minority of politicians, who want to spend oil royalties on special interest projects rather than on conserving America’s greatest places, ran out the clock and let the fund expire.
“This is an avoidable and entirely manufactured crisis. There are huge majorities in both the House and Senate that would vote to permanently reauthorize LWCF if leaders would simply allow a vote,” said Rowsome. “Proceeds from offshore oil drilling in public waters should be use to protect our National Parks and other public lands from being destroyed – not for politicians’ pet projects.”
“Our National Parks have been called America’s best idea. The outdoor recreation industry, governors, mayors, sportsmen, small business owners, conservation leaders, landowners, ranchers, farmers, and millions and millions of Americans are united in the push for permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund because it works. We will not allow politicians to raid the LWCF trust fund. We will not stop until Congress abides by the will of the people. We will not stop until we save the Land and Water Conservation Fund.”
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.