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President Signs Bill Permanently Reauthorizing LWCF

March 12, 2019: In an historic victory for public lands and close to home recreation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was permanently reauthorized today as part of a sweeping public lands package signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The legislation, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House (363-62) and the Senate (92-8) last month, was signed today during a ceremony that included LWCF champions.

House Delivers Historic Victory for Public Lands, Votes to Save America’s Most Important Conservation Program

February 26, 2019: In an overwhelming show of bipartisan support for America’s most important conservation and recreation program, the House of Representatives voted today to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by a vote of 363 to 62. After passage through the Senate earlier this month, the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) will now be sent to the President’s desk. This is the culmination of a years-long effort by Congressional champions on both sides of the aisle, and by stakeholders across the country, to preserve the unique character of this program created as a conservation offset for energy development.


Senate Votes to Permanently Reauthorize America’s Most Important Conservation Program

February 12, 2019: The U.S. Senate today voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as part of a public lands package introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. The LWCF Coalition, along with millions of Americans and organizations from across the country, are united in our push to see this historic legislation signed into law and urges the U.S. House of Representatives to act on it immediately. 

Senate Rejects Poison Pill Amendments to America’s Most Important Conservation Program

February 7, 2019: The LWCF Coalition today applauded the United States Senate for decisively rejecting harmful amendments to a Public Lands package.  The amendments proposed to block permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and dilute the program’s conservation focus despite over 50 years of unqualified success.    

House Votes to Invest in Land and Water Conservation Fund

January 11, 2019: We applaud the House for voting to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of the FY19 Interior appropriations bill, and we are hopeful an agreement is reached soon that allows funding to end the government shutdown.  This vote of support for America’s most important conservation program is particularly crucial as LWCF remains in limbo following its expiration last year, missing out on $2.5 million every day for protecting important landscapes and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities.

Congress Fails to Rescue LWCF: Clock Runs Out on Bipartisan Conservation Program, Leaving its Future Uncertain

December 20, 2018: Last night, the U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a critical package of public lands legislation that included the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), despite overwhelming bipartisan support

Bipartisan Conservation Champions Rally to Save LWCF by Year’s End

November 29, 2018: Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) champions in the House and Senate rallied on the steps of the U.S. Capitol with conservation leaders and outdoor recreation advocates today calling on Congress to reauthorize and fully fund America’s most important conservation and recreation program before the end of the year.

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.

Bipartisan Conservation Leaders Pledge to Save America’s Most Important Conservation Program

October 5, 2017: LWCF champions Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and other bipartisan conservation leaders in the Senate and House today sounded the alarm about the looming expiration of America’s most important conservation and recreation program, and vowed to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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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