"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

 

 

 

February 4, 2016 - President’s Budget Makes Historic Investment in Land and Water Conservation
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s FY 2017 budget recommendations, released today, includes a continued 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 reaffirms a strong bipartisan dedication to protecting America’s irreplaceable natural, historic, cultural and recreational outdoor places. The budget’s commitment to full funding for LWCF is a significant victory for the conservation of America’s shared outdoor heritage.
 
“The President's Budget reaffirms the strong bipartisan support that LWCF has received for more than 50 years. 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,” said Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society. 
 
“LWCF has protected our natural and cultural resources for more than 50 years. It's a proven program that benefits families, communities and the economy," said Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “The president's budget request recognizes this critical work, and we hope the bipartisan majority in Congress that also supports LWCF will make it a reality. Congress, the Administration and the American people all support LWCF. It's time to turn that support into law.” 
 
“The President’s budget builds upon the bipartisan LWCF agreement included in last year’s omnibus spending bill, which significantly increased funding for LWCF and reauthorized the program for three years,” said Williams. “The LWCF Coalition will continue to work with the Administration, its bipartisan supporters in Congress, and with communities across the nation to enact full and dedicated funding for America’s most important conservation program. We will not rest until we have secured a meaningful and permanent commitment to conservation in America.”
 
A full list of projects contained in the President’s FY 17 Budget can be found here.
 
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