Earth day is here, and as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of this international event, we are reminded that we share planet and must do our part to keep it healthy. One way environmental and conservation organizations may help this Earth Day is by showing your support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Created by Congress more than 50 years ago, the LWCF has one simple task: utilize a portion of offshore drilling fees to protect America’s precious and fragile natural resources for generations to come.
LCWF helps establish and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests and wildlife refuges, and provides matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.
The LWCF is authorized to receive up to $900 million a year, but that commitment has rarely been met. Each year, Congress diverts most of the funds that could go to LWCF elsewhere. Only once in the LWCF’s history has the full $900 million been authorized. As a nation, we need to stand up and insist that LWCF funds be used for their intended purpose.
The LWCF authorizing legislation is set to expire in less than six months on September 30, and broad support is needed to ensure this important source of conservation funds will continue.
The LWCF Coalition has created an update of the LWCF Coalition Statement of Support, which lays out to Congress the need to fully fund the LWCF. This statement has been signed by local and national organizations – including the Council and many of its member organizations – that support reauthorizing and fully funding the LWCF. By signing this statement and inviting our member organizations and allies to do the same, we demonstrate how broad the support for this fund is, and how important it is to protecting and preserving America’s natural resources.
This form includes the full text of the statement. Signatories are putting their organization’s name behind the message contained in the statement. Besides the specific text of the statement, nobody will claim to speak for your organization.
Questions? Contact LWCF staffer Brandon Helm at brandon_helm [at] tws [dot] org