Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in 1964 to protect and enhance the nation’s natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities. Over the last half-century, it has invested a staggering $200 million in Tennessee to protect wildlife refuges, improve state and community parks, maintain backcountry hunting and fishing access, and build trails and other recreation amenities. It’s arguably America’s most essential federal conservation program.
Yet, it’s only been fully funded twice in its 50+ years in existence. Some years, it wasn’t funded at all. But there’s a bill that would fully and permanently fund LWCF.
Write your elected official in Washington today and let them know that the Land and Water Conservation Fund is an essential pillar in the conservation infrastructure of our nation. Tell them it’s done a lot of good for Tennessee. Tell them it should be fully and permanently funded.
Every day it isn’t reauthorized, Tennessee loses out. Act now.
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