Published Sep 9, 2015
The Appalachian Mountain Club's Vice President of Conservation Susan Arnold warns us the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will expire on September 30, 2015, unless Congress votes to renew funding.
Susan Arnold says "Personalized letters from constituents have the greatest impact." She urges her allies to contact their senators and representatives.
Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund provides federal funds for national parks -- like the Grand Canyon and Great Smoky Mountains -- as well as national wildlife refuges, forests and waterways in all 50 states. Funding comes from $900 million in royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
According to LWCF, Congress "diverts much of this funding to uses other than conserving our most important lands and waters."
By renewing funding for LWCF, vital resources will be protected for future generations. Without LWCF funding, permanent public access to irreplaceable lands will be at risk.
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