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Last Chance to Urge Your Senators to Pass LWCF this Year

With the election behind us and Congress returning on November 15th for a short legislative session, we have one critical week to make full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) a reality.
 
Take Action! Urge your Senate leader to support S. 3663.
 
In the history of the program, we have never been this close to full funding of $900 million for this important program.  LWCF works in all 50 states and buys open space, helps build city and county parks. Thousands of miles of singletrack trails open to mountain bikes can be found on LWCF lands. LWCF has bi-partisan Senate support and a coalition of Republicans are circulating a letter to ask Senator Reid to make this a priority during the lame duck session this week.  It all starts over next Congress if we don't pass it this year so your call couldn't be more important.
 
Now is the time to to weigh in with your Senators. We urge you to implore your Senator to enact LWCF full-funding legislation this year.
 

  • LWCF is a bipartisan program that benefits communities in every state and every Congressional district.  Regardless of the outcome of the election, LWCF is in a very strong position to achieve full and dedicated funding in this Congress.
  • This Congress has a tremendous opportunity to fulfill the unmet promise of LWCF.  We will continue to work towards enactment of full, dedicated funding for LWCF as a part of a Senate energy bill or other relevant legislation moving this Fall.
  • LWCF supports land protection to enhance recreation opportunities and access for public use and enjoyment of our rivers, trails, parks, forests, refuges and other public lands. The LWCF full funding provision included in House and Senate energy bills includes specific language promoting hunting, fishing and recreational access to existing public lands that are currently be inaccessible.
  • Recent national bipartisan polling shows overwhelming support (86% of voters) for the continued use of offshore oil and gas feed for land and water protection through full funding of the LWCF
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