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Perhaps astonishingly, a major conservation victory is well within our grasp right now— even in this time of both extreme polarization in Washington, D.C., and the country's rightful focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is one of America's most popular and effective environmental programs, having led to preservation, restoration and access to millions of acres of U.S. public forests, lands and waters since its inception in 1965. But the fund has never enjoyed permanent funding, even though it costs the taxpayer nothing.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act can fix this situation once and for all. S. 1081, and its companion measure in the House, H.R. 3195, would guarantee a fully authorized $900 million for the Fund on a permanent basis, ensuring that it can no longer be raided by politicians in the annual appropriations process.

Take action today to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

At a time of historically unprecedented political discord in Washington and in the U.S. as a whole the LWCF stands head and shoulders above any other program in attracting that rarest of values in politics: strong bipartisan support.

This landmark law has funded over 40,000 grants to state and local governments from coast to coast, including projects in every state. California projects have received almost $2.5 billion in funding.

Funding for the LWCF comes neither from tax dollars nor government appropriations, but from a small portion of offshore oil and gas leasing royalties.

It is essential to lock in the LWCF now— at a time when Americans need quality outdoor access, recreation opportunities and health-giving conservation resources as never before.

Help all Americans realize this golden opportunity to permanently fund the LWCF!

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For the forests,

Paul Hughes
Executive Director
Forests Forever

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RESOURCES →

  • Here is a general overview of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • A county-by-county map of LWCF projects can be perused here.
  • In November 2016 Forests Forever co-signed a letter to Congress urging passage of permanent authorization for LWCF.
  • The LWCF Coalition on Mar. 12, 2019, issued this press release announcing the presidential signing of legislation that permanently authorized the fund.
 

Forests Forever:
Their Ecology, Restoration, and Protection
by
John J. Berger

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