“We need to get permanent reauthorization and mandatory, full funding for LWCF across the finish line to ensure that the outdoor places we all treasure will be protected for future generations to enjoy.” – Sen. Martin Heinrich, NM
Congress is in session for the final time in 2018, and when they return in January it will be a new Congress. That means good initiatives, like the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, will have to start over building the bipartisan support to pass.
Over the past 54 years, the LWCF has enabled the expansion of national parks, the restoration of historical sites, the creation of hiking trails and recreational areas, the construction of playgrounds and neighborhood parks–more than 45,000 projects in all. In 2016, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of permanent reauthorization, marking landmark bipartisan agreement, but the effort ultimately failed in conference.
This year, funding for LWCF was reauthorized in the House Natural Resources Committee under Chairman Rob Bishop this fall. The House and Senate bills await final votes before the end of the year.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Call on your congressional representatives to pass permanent reauthorization of LCWF, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, before the end of the year.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202)224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC)// (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George)// (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435)586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC)// 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St.George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC)// 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC)// 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)