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LWCF CALL TO ACTION!
We need your help. The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed an appropriations bill that eliminates all funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
This is the first time in the program's history it has been completely zeroed out in appropriations - meaning that if it passes, not only would no projects be funded, but realty staff and program infrastructure itself would lapse making this essential conservation and outdoor recreation program very hard to revive in the future. The bill was considered at a full committee hearing in July.
Please reach out to your member of Congress and urge them to speak up in opposition to cuts to LWCF.
Oppose Elimination of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the FY 2014 House Interior Appropriations Bill
- We are very concerned that the proposed FY14 Interior Appropriations bill marks the first time in almost 50 years that Congress has proposed zeroing out the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- 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 bill turns the promise of LWCF on its head by taking the $900 million in OCS revenues that will be deposited into the LWCF account in the Treasury and spending them on other unauthorized programs in unspecified ways. This is not honest budgeting.
- This bill eliminates all LWCF funding for state and local outdoor recreation projects, working forest conservation easements, national parks, trails and refuges, and projects to increase access to public lands for hunting and fishing.
- Eliminating LWCF would undermine the economic asset that our parks, trails and wildlife habitat represent. Hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor recreation activities contribute a total of $646 billion annually to the national economy and support 6.1 million jobs, according to the Outdoor Industry Foundation.
- Together, these cuts would do real, irreversible damage to the places Americans care about and depend on, with minimal impact on our nation's budget deficit.
- Please speak up NOW against this draconian bill and help us fight for this essential program.
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 make real the promise that was made to the American people almost 50 years ago.
We urge you to reach out to your Senators to have them join in support of LWCF along with their following colleagues who have already signed on.
Original Sponsors: Senator Max Baucus (MT) & Richard Burr (NC)
Original Co-sSponsors: Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), Mark Udall (CO); Tom Udall (NM), and Ron Wyden (OR)