The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped protect birds and their habitats by conserving public land in every state for over 50 years. But, without action from Congress, this valuable, bipartisan program will expire in less than 100 days.
Please let your members of Congress know that the LWCF is important to you and to communities across the country. Ask them to help ensure it will not expire on September 30th, or ever again.
Since 1964, LWCF has helped conserve seven million acres of land across the United States. The Fund supports projects in all 50 states and nearly every county (including those in central Ohio). The program is funded through the sale of preexisting offshore oil and gas leases, so it comes at no additional cost to the taxpayer. This exchange is based on the idea that when these extractive activities occur, they should help fund land and water conservation elsewhere.
Over the years, the funds have been used to protect national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and battlefields while also providing grants for state and local parks and recreation areas. It has helped safeguard numerous Important Bird Areas, such as California’s Point Reyes National Sea Shore, has protected Cerulean Warbler habitat in Arkansas and wintering areas for Bald Eagles in Washington, and is helping to restore the Everglades. Thanks to LWCF, every year we see the expansion of our network of protected land, improvement in our access to outdoor recreation, and more essential places for birds protected from development.
Please urge your members of Congress to cosponsor legislation in the House and Senate (HR 502 & S 569) that would save the program from expiring on September 30th and permanently reauthorize it to ensure it will never lapse again.