- 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 »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2015
CONTACT: Justin Bartolomeo
Bishop Proposal Would Roll Back 50 years of Conservation and Recreation
Washington, DC – Alan Rowsome, co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, issued the following statement following release today of House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop’s draft legislation to reauthorize and change the LWCF program:
“The Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition rejects the Bishop proposal, which as written would undermine the integrity of America’s most successful and necessary conservation program. 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 and ensure outdoor recreation opportunities for all, from local parks to national parks. This proposal would break that link, deny Americans the chance to protect the places they love, and further divert scarce conservation resources to unrelated purposes.
“Unlike numerous other proposals to reauthorize and fund LWCF – including broadly supported bipartisan legislation in the House, and a permanent reauthorization bill approved by the Senate Energy Committee just a few months ago – this proposed legislation would do irreparable harm to our National Parks from Acadia and Gettysburg to Grand Teton as well as to important regional landscapes like the Chesapeake Bay and the High Divide, portions of the national trails system, wildlife and sportsmen’s access, sacred Civil War battlefields and other irreplaceable historic sites, and America’s working forests and farms. By placing unreasonable and unnecessary limits on efforts to protect these resources, the Bishop proposal will undercut communities, landowners, hunters and anglers, outdoor recreation enthusiasts, local businesses and many others working across America to safeguard our National Parks, trails, battlefields, beaches, lakes, forests, refuges and many other public lands.
“The proposal will also undercut the vibrant $646 billion outdoor recreation economy, especially in the West, where residents, visitors and businesses count on LWCF to provide access for a variety of activities that generate billions in related local spending and create millions of jobs.
“LWCF has overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress because it is a flexible program that already works for communities across America, with dedicated conservation funding that protects vital resources; boosts local economies; and reduces management inefficiencies and costs. We urge Congress to expeditiously reauthorize and fully fund LWCF without harmful changes and look forward to working with the broad array of bipartisan supporters in both chambers who support LWCF as is to continue to protect the places that the American people value.”
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. LWCF benefits every state in the nation. Its many accomplishments include:
· Protecting more than 100 national battlefields in 42 states
· Supporting more than 40,000 parks and recreation projects in every state and nearly every county
· Protecting 2.2 million acres (1.7 million football fields) within our National Parks
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.orgor @ LWCFCoalition.