Renewed Funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund Passes

Published Dec 17, 2015


The Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Omnibus Spending bill, they say, is over 2,000 pages long. Somewhere in there, they say, is renewed funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

As we reported on September 9, 2015, continued funding for the LWCF was doubtful -- in spite of 50-years of success in preservation of irreplaceable ecological treasures, including many pertaining to the Appalachian Trail. In fact, that measure was not renewed and the LWCF faced an uncertain future.

News agencies are reporting, however, that the LWCF will be re-funded, with up to $450 million set aside for next year -- the first of three years of extended funding.

On December 17th, the LWCF's Facebook page confirmed the news.

About the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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).

We appreciate the efforts of all who worked to restore LWCF funding.

Please check the Land and Water Conservation Fund Facebook page for further updates.

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