Senate Panel Votes to Make LWCF Permanent
Legislation would permanently authorize, fully fund successful conservation program
The following is a statement by Tom Cors, director of U.S. government relations for lands at The Nature Conservancy, after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved legislation permanently reauthorizing and fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Responsible for conserving lands and waters in every country in every state, LWCF expired on Sept. 30th without Congress reaching an agreement on how to reauthorize and fund the program.
“Today's passage is the beginning of the future promised by Congress when it passed LWCF over a half century ago. This is America's most successful conservation program, creating parks and trails, protecting forests, expanding outdoor recreation opportunities and conserving critical watersheds, but it could never realize its full promise so long as it was neither permanent nor fully funded. Today's action begins to change that. That this proposal passed with broad bipartisan support shows how popular and effective this program is, and how important it is to continue. We encourage Congress to move quickly to approve this legislation so we can give LWCF the certainty and funding it deserves.”
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.