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 now there’s a bill that would fully and permanently fund LWCF that has bipartisan support. It’s currently being fast-tracked through the Senate. But we need House support too! Write them today and let them know that LWCF is an essential pillar to conservation.
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 fully and permanently funded, Tennessee loses out. Act now.
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