The Land and Water Conservation Fund

America’s most important conservation and recreation program will expire this fall unless Congress acts.

For 52 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected national parks and open spaces in every corner of the United States. This September, it could be gone forever – and along with it, future protection of the places we love.

In Wisconsin, the LWCF has invested more than $215 million to protect our open spaces, build national trails, and increase recreation access in large and small communities alike.

From national wildlife refuges and national forests to ball fields and community parks, LWCF has protected places like Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Wolf Wild and Scenic River, Devil’s Lake State Park, High Cliff State Park, and Central Sands Pine Forest. It might have helped build your favorite city park.

Wisconsin’s $17.9 billion outdoor recreation industry is an economic powerhouse – supporting 168,000 jobs which generate $5.1 billion in wages and salaries and produces $1.1 billion annually in state and local tax revenue.

The Trump Administration’s budget calls for near complete elimination of LWCF funding. On September 30th, the fund will expire unless Congress votes to reauthorize it.

Speaker Paul Ryan, a public lands afficionado himself, has the opportunity to stand up against the Trump Administration’s budget and reauthorize the LWCF – permanently.

Sign the letter to Speaker Ryan today! Then let your friends know you did by using #SaveLWCF on Facebook and Twitter.

THE LWCF EXPIRES IN…

SOURCES

  • https://www.lwcfcoalition.com/
  • https://www.wisconsinforpubliclands.org/
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