It’s time for Congress to fully fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Contact Congress and tell them to fully fund and reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). I have worked as a professional wildlife biologist for over 34 years and seen first hand the critical good work that can only be accomplished by these funds. I’ve also seen the increasing need for these funds as more human impacts to wildlife occur. I recently visited the latest oil spill in California where I live. Hundreds of volunteers worked for weeks to do their best to clean up after a pipeline ruptured spilling thousands of gallons of oil on state beaches and the ocean. Many marine mammals and sea birds as well as other organisms were impacted. This type of impact occurs more frequently and is one of the many reasons why LWCF funding is needed. As we continue to depend on oil/gas products for energy, wildlife are impacted in the extraction, production, management and use of this energy. Please support this legislation and see that the critical work funded by LWCF can continue.
Without action, this critical and popular law will expire at the end of September. Please tell Congress to support the bipartisan legislation that will permanently authorize and fund LWCF at its Congressionally-approved level, including HR 1814 in the House, and S 338 and S 890 in the Senate.
For fifty years, LWCF has helped safeguard America's cherished places. It has preserved lands in every county, supporting National Parks like the Grand Canyon, and protecting vital wildlife habitat, neighborhood parks, and historic places, while providing access to public lands for outdoor and wildlife-based recreation. As a constituent and supporter of bird conservation, I appreciate that LWCF funds have helped to protect bird habitat and provide greater opportunities to enjoy birdwatching.
LWCF is not funded from taxpayer dollars, but instead reinvests a small portion of federal offshore drilling fees into the long-term conservation of important natural places. While LWCF is authorized to spend $900 million every year, it has been chronically underfunded. More than $17 billion has been diverted away from these crucial projects.
Please support legislation to fulfill the promise of this landmark law and continue the bipartisan legacy of protecting our nation's open spaces and clean water for the benefit of people and wildlife everywhere.
For more information on things got to where they are now, read Ted Williams article. As always, Ted pulls no punches in telling things that need to be told and then fixed.
Stop Cheating Our Wildlife by Ted Williams July/Aug Audubon Magazine