Published Dec 17, 2015
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.
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.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, News, Conservation, and land and water conservation fund
Published Apr 27, 2015. The Campbell property, on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, was purchased with money from the Land & Water Conservation Fund, preserving Spy Rock Overlook.
Published Sep 9, 2015. The Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire on September 30, 2015, unless renewed by Congress. Energy companies provide the funds for conservation.
Published Nov 4, 2015.
Published Jul 24, 2013.
Published Aug 10, 2015. The Davis Conservation Fund has given a $12,000 grant to the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT) for their Redington Forest Project.
Published Aug 13, 2015. Land near Eagle Rock & Michaux State Forest have been preserved by the Conservation Fund & Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.