"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
Wildwater River Tours, Inc.


Actions for Spring/Summer 2014


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April/May 2014

Dear partners,

This is an absolutely critical year for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):  a celebration of the program’s 50th anniversary (it was signed into law on September 3, 1964), but also the last year of its authorization. 

We need your help to ensure the LWCF is reauthorized before it expires in 2015, and at the same time urge Congress to provide robust funding for LWCF when funding levels are decided this summer. Critical parks, trails, wildlife and recreation projects are counting on LWCF funding this year.

As we commemorate LWCF’s half-century track record of success, please reach out to your member of Congress and urge them to speak up for funding and reauthorization of America’s most important conservation and recreation program.

Support Reauthorization and Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

- For 50 years, LWCF has provided critical funding for land and water conservation projects, outdoor recreation access, and the continued preservation of our nation’s historic, cultural and iconic landmarks. (Look up how LWCF has impacted your State here!)

- LWCF is paid for with non-taxpayer dollars. Congress made a commitment to the American public that a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling would go to outdoor recreation and conservation, as an offset for the depletion of resources that belong to us all.

- This is a critical time for conservation as LWCF’s authorizing legislation expires in September of 2015, threatening conservation and recreation projects that are critical to American communities and our nation’s outdoor recreation economy.

- We urge Members of Congress to speak up in support of LWCF reauthorization, as well as robust funding in FY 2015 appropriations legislation.


Urge your Senator to sign onto S. 338 - The LWCF Authorization and Funding Act of 2013

S. 338 is a bipartisan bill that would provide dedicated annual funding of $900 million to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as authorized by Congress and finally fulfill the promise that was made to the American people almost 50 years ago. 

The following 39 Senators have already co-sponsored S.338. Please ask your Senators to co-sponsor this bill in support of LWCF if they have not already, and thank your Senators for leading the charge for LWCF if they have.  (*denotes original cosponsor)

Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]

Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]

Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]

Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]

Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]

Sen. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA]

Sen. Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT]

Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]*

Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]

Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]

Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]

Sen. Pryor, Mark L. [D-AR]

Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]

Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]

Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]

Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]

Sen. Franken, Al [D-MN]

Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]

Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]

Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]

Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]*

Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]

Sen. Hagan, Kay [D-NC]

Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]*

Sen. Harkin, Tom [D-IA]

Sen. Udall, Mark [D-CO]*

Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]

Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]*

Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]

Sen. Walsh, John E. [D-MT]

Sen. Johnson, Tim [D-SD]

Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]

Sen. King, Angus S. Jr. [I-ME]

Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]

Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]

Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]*

Sen. Levin, Carl [D-MI]