As described on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) website, the LWCF was created in 1964 to “safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans.” Places like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, national wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers and lakes, community parks, trails, and more are available for Americans to enjoy thanks to this fund.

In order to protect these natural resources (land and water), the funding comes from the oil and gas drilling. If they’re depleting a natural resource, then the money should at least go to protecting other natural resources, right? But Congress breaks their promises and when it’s time to fund this necessity for American land and water, they divert the funding to other uses. This is a serious problem. It’s bad enough that natural resources like gas and oil are being exploited and much land and water is damaged or polluted in the process, but to also deny protection and conservation of American lands and water makes the situation all the more worse.

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Fortunately, a “key Senate panel has voted to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” according to The Hill. Senator Lamar Alexander said: “I’m glad the committee voted to fully fund the LWCF because it will help preserve our state’s beautiful land, water resources and recreation areas for generations to come.” This is a crucial step in getting permanent funding for this important program, but the bill now faces a full floor vote.

You can show your support for this bill by signing this petition to urge congress to fund the LWCF!

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