Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund


If you care about public lands, outdoor recreation, community parks, protecting natural lands, clean water, and preserving heritage areas, you need to know about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. And, more importantly, you need to let your representatives in Congress know now that you want to see it reauthorized and fully funded.

Created by Congress in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.

To date LWCF has provided more than $309 million in funding support to Pennsylvania, from well-known places like the Flight 93 National Memorial and Appalachian Trail, to local projects like public park development and improvement in counties and municipalities across Pennsylvania.

Contact your Representative and Senator to let them know you support LWCF and want to see it both reauthorized and fully used for its intended purpose – to protect natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities in Pennsylvania.

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December 20, 2018

Congress has missed its last opportunity in 2018 to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a landmark conservation and recreation program that has funded projects throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation since it began in 1965. Despite strong bipartisan support, including from the Pennsylvania delegation, the Continuing Resolution passed by the Senate this week did not include LWCF.

To date, Congress has already left nearly $200 million – more than $2 million per day – on the table; money that would have been made available to communities to build and enhance public recreational opportunities, and to help protect our most unique and threatened historic and natural areas.

LWCF is funded through leasing revenues from offshore oil and gas development; its benefits, available to everyone, are not paid for by the taxpayers. So many of Pennsylvania’s iconic and most treasured areas – the Appalachian Trail, the Flight 93 Memorial, the Greater Allegheny Passage, to name just a few – all have been made possible by LWCF. And that doesn’t even include the hundreds of local parks and recreational facilities in almost every county in Pennsylvania that were supported by the fund.

These spaces are a fundamental part of Pennsylvania’s identity and heritage. They support a tremendous sector of our economy – one that generates billions of dollars in public revenue, and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs.

When the new Congress reconvenes in January, our representatives must make LWCF reauthorization a top priority in their first 100 days. Each day without permanent reauthorization is a lost opportunity for the people and communities of Pennsylvania.


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Investing in Conservation

Funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps protect wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and preserve open space for Pennsylvanians to enjoy. But those benefits could disappear if Congress doesn’t vote to reauthorize the Fund by September 30.

Healthier Communities

The Land and Water Conservation Fund makes Pennsylvania communities happier, healthier places to live by supporting development of parks, playgrounds, and greenspace. But without congressional reauthorization, that support could disappear.

Creating Opportunity

The Land and Water Conservation Fund supports Pennsylvania’s thriving outdoor recreation industry, employing Pennsylvanians and generating wealth for communities. Failing to reauthorize LWCF would be a serious blow to our economy.

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