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Support The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Senate Public Lands Package


The Senate is set to take action this week on a broad public lands package, headlined by permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This bill, S. 47, is the culmination of a years-long effort by bipartisan champions and stakeholders around the country, including the GCA, and is more urgent than ever. LWCF expired four months ago, which means that revenues from oil and gas leases which should be deposited in LWCF are being withheld. So far $300 million has not been added to LWCF, as intended by the 1965 law creating the fund.


This is a very real opportunity to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The senators who need to be thanked and recognized for their past support of LWCF are Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN). If you are from those states, please give them special acknowledgment.


Please call your senators to urge their support of permanent reauthorization of LWCF in the Senate public lands package, with no weakening amendments, to reinstate America's most important conservation and recreation program, eliminate the threat of repeated expirations, and secure a long-term future for smart investments in our critical outdoor infrastructure. And please be sure to thank senators who have worked so hard to finally bring this package to the floor! 




LWCF, originally enacted in 1965, fulfills a bipartisan commitment to safeguard our natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. While the fund has helped protect endangered natural resources, it has never been permanently authorized and has only provided about half of the $900 million annually intended for conservation. The LWCF is funded by fees paid by companies drilling in U.S waters for oil and gas, so no federal or state money is used. Funding for LWCF from these revenues expired on Sept. 30th, and Congress must act if these funds are to be reinstated. The GCA has consistently supported the LWCF since its inception in 1965. This bedrock program has been instrumental in protecting and conserving our public lands, from local parks to national parks, and the plant and animal species that rely on them for critical habitat.


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