"The Land and Water Conservation Fund is critically important to the American economy and our way of life. I support legislation that will guarantee full funding for this program. The livelihoods of many Americans and the health of our land and water depend on it."

- Jon Fosgitt, forester
Cold Springs Forestry,
Michigan

 

 

 

Statement of LWCF Coalition on Energy Conference Report 
 
The following is a statement from Will Rogers, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition:
 
“We are extremely disappointed that this Congress will adjourn without adopting the bipartisan Senate-passed proposal to make the Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent.  LWCF investments are essential to recreation access, economic vitality, and community character all across America.   
 
“Permanent reauthorization of this program is overwhelmingly supported by a supermajority of the Senate, which voted for permanent LWCF reauthorization, and by more than 200 House cosponsors of permanent LWCF legislation. Failure to get it over the finish line this year is a huge missed opportunity.
 
“The LWCF Coalition is grateful to Energy Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell for their bipartisan conservation leadership and tenacity in moving LWCF reauthorization to the brink of success.  The conservation of our nation’s shared outdoor heritage has always been an area of bipartisan agreement, and the Chair and Ranking Member fought hard to include the Senate-passed permanent LWCF proposal in the final energy bill agreement. We also thank the many other members of both chambers who have made LWCF reauthorization a priority for their constituents.   
 
“LWCF is the only federal program dedicated to the continued conservation of our national, state, and local parks, forests, wildlife areas, and wilderness, including irreplaceable Civil War battlefields, beloved outdoor recreation access points, and working forests. Widespread public demand to reauthorize and strengthen LWCF will not go away.
 
“The LWCF Coalition will continue to join with conservation champions in Congress to make permanent and fully fund America’s premier conservation program, so that future generations of Americans will continue to enjoy the enduring values and unmatched majesty of our national parks, forests, wilderness, coastlines, mountains, working lands, rivers, historic sites and recreation areas.  We urge speedy action on this issue in the new Congress, and we will not stop working for the American public who deserve to have this program authorized into the future.”