"The Land and Water Conservation Fund protects special places that people want to visit, like the Skagit River here in Washington. We make a living helping people experience these places. And visitors benefit local economies. I support full funding for the LWCF for the sake of rural communities, the tourists they draw and the nature around them."

- Rod Amundson
Owner,
Wildwater River Tours, Inc.

 

 

 

Conservation Leaders React to Consolidated Appropriations Act
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Conservation leaders from the LWCF Coalition today reacted to the bipartisan budget deal reached to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2017.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $400 million — the same funding level proposed in the Senate, and $72 million above the House recommendation for LWCF, but $50 million less than Congress appropriated last year.  The funding agreement means that many important on-the-ground conservation and recreation projects will continue, but that others will remain at risk or will be lost. Most importantly, the agreement represents a bipartisan rejection of the Trump Administration’s proposal to slash funding for America’s most important conservation program.
 
“The conservation of our nation’s National Parks and outdoor heritage has always been an area of bipartisan agreement, and the omnibus spending bill honors that tradition,” said Tom Cors, Director of Government Relations for Lands at The Nature Conservancy.  “We commend Congress for continuing to recognize the vital importance of America’s most important conservation program, from protecting our National Parks from development to state and local conservation and recreational access projects in communities from coast-to-coast.”   
 
The LWCF Coalition will continue to work with LWCF’s many bipartisan backers in Congress to maintain the commitment to the program and increase funding in FY 2018 and beyond.   LWCF is overwhelmingly popular with the American people and has maintained broad bipartisan support over its half century history of successful, locally-driven conservation.  Last year, a supermajority of 85 Senators voted to permanently secure LWCF for every future generation by making the law permanent.   
 
“Our nationwide movement of conservationists, sportsmen, landowners, businessses and outdoor recreation enthusiasts will continue our campaign to educate lawmakers and the American people on the virtues of continuing to reinvest royalties from offshore energy development into lasting natural infrastructure of our land, the outdoor recreation economy, access to hunting and angling opportunities, water resources, and the history and culture of our great nation,” said Cors.