Press Releases & News
Senator Schumer Calls on Senate to #SaveLWCF
October 26, 2018: U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Senate to immediately reauthorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Historic Senate Action Permanently Authorizes LWCF and Guarantees Dedicated Funding
October 2, 2018: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee reached an historic bipartisan agreement to provide full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Congress Inexplicably Lets Critical Conservation Program Expire
October 1, 2018: Congress today failed to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund – America’s most important program for protecting parks, forests, watersheds and open spaces – from expiring, despite broad bipartisan majorities supporting permanent reauthorization and repeated calls for congressional leaders to take action.
Saving America’s Most Important Conservation Program
September 13, 2018: With just 17 days left until expiration, the LWCF Coalition applauds Chairman Bishop and Ranking Member Grijalva for working out a compromise that has, at long last, advanced permanent reauthorization of LWCF through the House Natural Resources Committee.
Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Permanent Authorization and Full Dedicated Funding of LWCF
August 1, 2018: The LWCF Coalition joins Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and a dozen of their colleagues in calling for permanent authorization and dedicated full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to be part of must-pass legislation before the program expires on September 30th of this year.
House Rejects Anti-LWCF Amendment
July 18, 2018: We congratulate the House of Representatives for decisively rejecting Representative Biggs’ attack on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s most important conservation and recreation program.
Bipartisan Conservation Leaders Pledge to Save America’s Most Important Conservation Program - LWCF Expires in 100 Days; Members Vow to #SaveLWCF
June 20, 2018: Land and Water Conservation Fund champions in the House and Senate rallied on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with conservation leaders and outdoor recreation advocates today and vowed to save America’s most important conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), before it expires in 100 days.
LWCF Coalition Statement on Senate Interior Appropriations Bill
June 12, 2018: We applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for holding funding steady for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the FY19 Interior Appropriations bill. We are grateful to the Committee for recognizing the importance of America’s most important conservation and recreation program, and we greatly appreciate the leadership of Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Leahy, Subcommittee Chairman Murkowski and Subcommittee Ranking Member Udall.
House Appropriations Subcommittee Rejects Harmful Trump Conservation Proposals But FY19 Interior Bill Still Cuts LWCF
May 15, 2018: The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee’s funding bill released today rejected the Trump Administration’s harmful and dangerous proposal to decimate America’s most important conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
Omnibus Increases Funding for LWCF
March 22, 2018: Program’s future still hangs in balance
Bipartisan Momentum Builds for LWCF Reauthorization and Funding
March 16, 2018: The bipartisan push to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund gained significant momentum this week as several important constituencies urged House and Senate leaders to include LWCF in the FY18 Omnibus spending package.
America’s Public Lands Are Critical Infrastructure
March 7, 2018: Senate Democrats Propose Key Investment in Parks, Access and Outdoor Recreation Economy
Trump Budget Would Devastate America’s Most Important Conservation and Recreation Program
February 12, 2018: The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget released today proposes to gut funding for America’s irreplaceable natural resources, specifically targeting America’s most important conservation and outdoor recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Conservation leaders from the LWCF Coalition reacted to the President’s reckless budget proposal, which jeopardizes our national parks and puts all of America’s public lands at risk
America’s Public Lands Are Critical Infrastructure
January 30, 2018: Congress Should Make Investments in Parks, Access and Outdoor Recreation Economy
LWCF Coalition Statement on Senate Interior Appropriations Draft Bill
November 20, 2017: We appreciate the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee for standing up and funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in its draft bill.
LWCF Coalition Applauds Assistance Grants for Urban Grants
July 19, 2017: The LWCF Coalition today applauded the announcement of grants made through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Grant Program.
Congressional Conservation Champions Back Efforts to Restore LWCF Funding
July 18, 2017: Congressional conservation champions today continued their bipartisan efforts on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s most important conservation program.
Congress Rejects Trump Proposal to Slash Conservation Funding
July 11, 2017: But Cuts to LWCF Leave Communities Hanging in the Balance
Bipartisan Legislation Supports LWCF State Assistance GRants for URban Parks
June 30, 2017: The LWCF Coalition applauds the introduction of the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program Act.
Senate Energy Bill Makes America’s Most Important Conservation and Recreation Program Permanent
June 29, 2017: Bipartisan Murkowski-Cantwell Bill Permanently Authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund; Similar Legislation Passed Senate with Supermajority in 2016
The Reviews on President Trump’s Budget Are In: Terrible for Parks, Conservation and Outdoor Recreation
May 31, 2017: Conservation Leaders React to the President's Proposed Budget
Trump Budget Cuts Will Decimate National Parks, Public Lands
May 23, 2017: Conservation Leaders Denounce Extreme Cuts to “America’s Best Idea”; Land and Water Conservation Fund Slashed by 84% Cut
Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Call For Continued Funding of Land and Water Conservation Program
May 17, 2017: A bipartisan coalition of 48 senators are urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Forest Legacy Program.
Conservation Leaders React to Consolidated Appropriations Act
May 1, 2017: – Conservation leaders from the LWCF Coalition today reacted to the bipartisan budget deal reached to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2017.
Bipartisan Support for Funding America’s Most Important Conservation Program
March 28, 2017: More Than 200 Members of Congress Urge Robust Funding in FY 2018 for Land and Water Conservation Fund, Record Number of Signers
Conservation Leaders React to Trump Administration Plan to Slash America’s Most Important Conservation and Recreation Program
March 16, 2017: The Trump Administration’s budget framework released today proposed a drastic reduction in funding for America’s irreplaceable natural resources, specifically targeting America’s most important conservation and outdoor recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Senators Cantwell and Burr Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund
March 7, 2017: Bipartisan Bill Would Make LWCF Permanent
LWCF Coalition Congratulates Congressman Zinke on his Confirmation as Secretary of the Interior
The following is a statement from Tom Cors, the Director of Government Relations for Lands at The Nature Conservancy and a co-chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition:.
Statement in Support of Nomination of Congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary
December 12, 2016: The LWCF Coalition appreciates Congressman Zinke’s strong and decisive leadership for America’s public lands
LWCF Coalition Commends Senator Heinrich for Leadership on Key Conservation Programs
August 4, 2015: Heinrich Legislation Reauthorizes LWCF, PILT and SRS
Conservation Leaders Hail Bipartisan Agreement for Land and Water Conservation Funding
July 22, 2015: Murkowski-Cantwell Agreement Provides a Permanent Authorization for America’s Most Important Conservation Program; Establishes Fund for Park Maintenance
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