"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

 

 

 

Conservation Leaders Celebrate LWCF Victory

 
“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.”
 
-Will Rogers, President, The Trust for Public Land
 
“The conservation of our nation’s shared outdoor heritage has always been an area of bipartisan agreement, as America’s public lands are a defining aspect of our heritage, values and national character.  While more hard work and tougher battles lie ahead, today’s vote by the Senate to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund is hugely important and underscores that tradition of cooperation and bipartisanship.  The LWCF Coalition will build on this success and continue to push Congress until reauthorization and full funding of America’s most important conservation program is signed into law.”
 
-Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society
 
“The permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a tremendous win for conservation in America, allowing this critical program to continue its long tradition of successfully providing clean water, conserving natural resources, increasing recreation opportunities and supporting communities in every state across the nation.”
 
-Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy
 
“Today, with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voting to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the U.S. Senate demonstrated they have heard the American public loud and clear: ‘protect our public lands!,’” said Larry Selzer, President and CEO of The Conservation Fund.  “From the park down the street to state forests and our unrivaled National Park System, public lands help drive local economies; support hunting, fishing, hiking and other recreational pursuits; and protect for perpetuity the historical and cultural lands that tell the story of our nation. And now the Land and Water Conservation Fund also will be there to help protect these lands.” 
 
-Larry Selzer, President & CEO, The Conservation Fund
 
 
“Today's vote for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a historic step forward for communities across Washington state and across America to conserve our most treasured places. These landscapes are not only places for us to camp, hike, hunt, and fish. They are also major economic drivers for our state and are critical for healthy fire-resistant forests, clean water, and wildlife habitat and are an important part of our state’s identity.”
 
-Hannah Clark, Executive Director, Washington Association of Land Trusts
 
 
“Investments in our public lands through the Land and Water Conservation Fund touch the lives of the 142 million Americans who recreate outside each year," said Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Executive Director, Amy Roberts.  "The outdoor industry contributes more than $646 billion in consumer spending annually and depends on our public lands and waters for vital recreation infrastructure.  OIA and our 1,300 members deeply appreciate Senators Murkowski and Cantwell for their commitment to make America’s premier recreation and conservation program permanent, so every future generation will continue to enjoy the benefits of time spent outside.” 
 
-Amy Roberts, Executive Director, Outdoor Industry Association
 
“We are thrilled to see that the Senate Energy Bill includes an important provision to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, while also creating a new National Park Maintenance and Revitalization Fund to address the maintenance backlog throughout the National Park System. AMC has long supported these much needed conservation investments, which would further protect and help manage America’s parks, trails, and other special outdoor places for current and future generations.”
 
-Susan Arnold, Vice President of Conservation, Appalachian Mountain Club
 
 
“LWCF helps preserve our hunting and fishing traditions in America. The fund conserves critical fish and wildlife habitat and provides access for America's 40 million hunters and anglers, directly supporting the $90 billion that sportsmen and women spend annually to hunt and fish.”
 
-Paul Wilkins, Chief Conservation Officer, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership