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IMBA Supports Full Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was created by Congress in 1965 and is authorized to receive $900 million annually in federal revenues from oil and gas leasing. Unfortunately, most of these funds have been diverted, meaning the LWCF has received full funding only once in its multi-decade history. Current legislation could help restore full funding the LWCF. The bills, known as S. 2747 in the Senate (Sen. Bigaman and Baucus) and H.R. 334 in the House (Cong. Rahall) deserve your support.

IMBA has joined the the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition, an informal partnership of national, state, and local conservation and recreation organizations working together to bring full and dedicated funding for LWCF. We see this money as essential to providing healthy recreation opportunities in parks and open space. Mountain bicyclists highly value healthy forests, clean water and clean air. Our activity fosters an appreciation for nature and the environment, and IMBA members support preservation of high-quality trails.

The LWCF purchases strategic in-holdings, consolidates protects lands (including trail corridors), acquires needed tracts, protects trailheads and prevents incompatible development. Other significant benefits to communities include: bolstering tourism and our local, economies, supporting healthy lifestyles, protecting clean water and drinking water supplies and assisting wildfire management and cost control. You can find a list of LWCF-funded projects in your state online.