Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in 1964 “to protect and enhance our nation’s incomparable array of natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities.” As America’s most essential federal conservation program, LWCF has protected our national and state parks, wildlife refuges and forests; forests and ranches; cultural resources and historic sites; urban parks, backcountry hunting and fishing access; essential water resources, iconic scenery, and a broad array of irreplaceable natural resources. It has done all of these things via funding generated by offshore oil and gas royalties rather than general taxes. After more than 50 years of providing support for our state and nation’s important conservation projects, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was set to expire September 30th, 2018.
The Federation is advocating for reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and views it as part of a “three-legged stool” of critical conservation legislation, along with the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and legislation in support of national parks maintenance and restoration. The Federation signed on to NWF letter of support for permanent LWCF reauthorization from the wildlife community that was sent to the leadership of the U.S. Congressional House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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