Land and Water Conservation Fund

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund Needs Our Help!

What is the Land and Water Conservation Fund?

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a visionary and bipartisan federal funding program for protecting our nation’s most special outdoor places. From Sterling Forest in the New York Highlands, to White Cap Mountain in Maine, to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has funded the protection of some of our most iconic landscapes and trails in the Northeast. Learn more about the LWCF.

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What has the Land and Water Conservation Fund done for New York?

LWCF has invested more than $336 million to protect New York’s forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and increase recreation access. From backcountry trails to community parks, LWCF has protected places like Gateway National Recreation Area, Sterling Forest, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Adirondack lakes in Hamilton County, and Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn to Confluence Park. These investments in the outdoors fuels 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 allowed the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire, leaving critically important conservation projects in limbo. In addition, Congress has proposed to divert Outer Continental Shelf revenues away from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, breaking its promise made over a half century ago. Since LWCF expired, America is losing $2.5M each day that would have gone toward protecting land and water forever.

What You Can Do

  • Call your Congress person and tell him or her you support the Senate decision AND that FULL DEDICATED FUNDING IS VITAL

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2019:

The U.S. Senate today voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a public lands package introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. The LWCF Coalition, along with millions of Americans and organizations from across the country, including Parks & Trails New York, are united in the push to see this historic legislation signed into law and urges the U.S. House of Representatives to act on it immediately.