It’s Earth Day – a great opportunity for you to take action for environmental stewardship!
In March President Trump signed legislation to permanently reauthorize America’s best conservation program – the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Thanks to all our members who contacted their members of Congress to get this popular decades-old, bi-partisan effort reauthorized to protect cherished public lands like Zion National Park, the Everglades and the Appalachian Trail.
However, the LWCF is not totally in the clear. One day before the reauthorization, the administration quietly proposed to virtually eliminate the Fund in next year’s federal budget – a devastating budget cut for land and water protections.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act was recently proposed in the Senate to eliminate threats like this to the LWCF and provide the protections both parties have supported for decades.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Call your two U.S. Senators and ask them to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act for Earth Day and every day, to continue this important, bi-partisan effort and protect America’s treasured public lands, including city parks, community spaces, National Parks and forests.
More about LWCF
For over 50 years, the LWCF has protected city parks, public land access, and community spaces in nearly every county in the United States. It has protected our nation’s most iconic National Parks and forests. It was created to safeguard irreplaceable cultural heritage, protect natural resources, and provide recreational opportunities for all people. The LWCF has enjoyed strong bipartisan support since the beginning. We need to fully fund this critical program now to protect places at risk.
[Adapted from The Trust for Public Land]