The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on September 30th, despite widespread bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. That means one of the most successful conservation and recreation programs in our nation’s history now sits idle, unable to build on the more than 1,500 projects already funded in Pennsylvania – representing an investment to date of $315 million at no cost to taxpayers. From Valley Forge to the Greater Allegheny Passage to the Appalachian Trail, LWCF has helped preserve what makes Pennsylvania so special.
We’ve already written about the environmental, economic, and recreational importance of LWCF – you can view that post here. Want to learn more? Check out our audio and video highlights of this landmark program, and see where LWCF has helped benefit your community.
The clock is still ticking. That means LWCF depends on you, and making your voice heard.
So what happens now?
The good news is that both House and Senate Committees – as recently as today (October 2nd) in the case of the Senate – have approved legislation that would permanently reauthorize LWCF. These bills now await consideration, whether in the form of a stand-alone vote, or as part of a broader omnibus package, before the end of the year. The clock is still ticking.
That means LWCF depends on you, and making your voice heard. Let your representatives know that you want them to #SaveLWCF, and continue community, protection, and recreational efforts across the Commonwealth.