The Land and Water Conservation Fund Needs Our Help!
Please contact your Representatives right away. It’s easy!
What is the Land and Water Conservation Fund?
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a visionary, bipartisan federal funding program for protecting our nation’s special outdoor places. From Sterling Forest in the New York Highlands, to White Cap Mountain in Maine, to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the LWCF has funded the protection of some of our most iconic landscapes and trails in the Northeast and across the country. Learn more about the LWCF.
What has the Land and Water Conservation Fund done for New York?
The LWCF has invested more than $336 million to protect New York’s forests, parks, and wildlife refuges, and increase recreation access. From backcountry trails to community parks, the LWCF has protected places like Gateway National Recreation Area, Sterling Forest, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Adirondack lakes in Hamilton County, Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, and Confluence Park in Binghamton. These investments in the outdoors fuel the economy. New York’s $41.8 billion outdoor recreation industry is an economic powerhouse – supporting 313,000 jobs, which generate $14 billion in wages and salaries and produce $3.6 billion annually in state and local tax revenue. Learn more about the LWCF in NY.
What is the threat?
On September 30th, Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund expire, leaving critically important conservation projects in limbo. In addition, Congress has proposed to divert Outer Continental Shelf revenues away from the LWCF, breaking its promise made over a half century ago. Since the LWCF expired, America is losing $2.5M each day that would have gone toward protecting land and water forever.
What You Can Do
Contact your member of Congress and ask him or her to support H.R. 6759 and S.569 to restore the Land and Water Conservation with permanent, dedicated funding before the year ends.
You can also help us spread the word!
- Share the message on Facebook: If you would like to share your own post about the LWCF, grab your favorite photo enjoying the great outdoors and make sure to # your post #SAVELWCF.
- Tweet: Get on twitter and start re-tweeting!
- Call your Congress person and tell him or her you care about the LWCF!