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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LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization

February 13, 2019

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed legislation [S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act] that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Passage by the Senate is a major step toward ending the uncertainty that has plagued this landmark conservation program for the past four months, when, due to Congressional inaction, it expired at the end of September 2018.

Since that time, more than $2 million per day in funding for recreation and conservation programs has been lost. LWCF uses revenues derived from oil and gas drilling to conserve public resources across the country – helping improve state parks, preserve landscapes and heritage areas, and develop trails and other recreational opportunities in our Commonwealth.

The overwhelming, bipartisan vote in favor of reauthorization reflects LWCF’s long track record as one of the most important and successful conservation programs in our nation’s history. S.47 also includes a number of other important initiatives such as the Every Kid Outdoors Program giving every fourth grader in the country free access to America’s public parks, and the 21st Century Conservation Corps, providing opportunities and programs for our veterans and youth to conserve and rebuild natural resources.

Attention now turns to the U.S. House of Representatives to carry the momentum and pass S.47 when they return to session at the end of February. Pennsylvanians can help to ensure final passage of S.47 by contacting their Representatives — here’s how.


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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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