Expired conservation program needs renewing

land and water

In virtually every corner of our country, you’ll find the positive impact of the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Created 50 years ago, LWCF is widely viewed as one of our country’s most successful and popular land conservation programs. LWCF has continuously seen broad bipartisan support, and doesn’t cost taxpayers a dime. The program is funded entirely by royalties from offshore oil and gas leases – an effort to balance this use of our natural resources with their protection.

In my region, the program has helped create recreational opportunities ranging from small neighborhood parks and playgrounds, to funding nearly two-thirds of the Appalachian Trail.

Unfortunately, Congress allowed this critical program to expire on October 1st – meaning future efforts to create and protect playgrounds, community parks, historic sites, expansions to state and federal recreation opportunities, and trails – are in jeopardy.

Here in the Northeast (and I know in many other regions as well), our Congressional representatives are widely supportive of LWCF, and many have been consistent and leading voices for its re-authorization. But they also need to continue to hear from us, their constituents, that this issue is important to you.

Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

You can find additional information about projects across the Northeast in the interactive map of projects Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has created.

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