Congress established the Land and Water Conservation Fund 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 $189 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 a handful of years in its 50+ years in existence. Today, its funding has lapsed altogether. But there’s a bill that would fully and permanently support the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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 funded and permanently authorized.
Authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund ended September 30, 2018. Every day it isn’t reauthorized, Tennessee loses out. Act now.
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