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Speak Up For Land & Water
The Land and Water Conservation Fund
Healthy land. Clean water. Recreational opportunities. Vibrant working landscapes.
The Nature Conservancy supports protecting America’s land and water through full funding and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), as stated in S.338. The Conservancy also looks to reconnect Americans to nature by restoring critical large landscapes such as the Everglades and Flint Hills Conservation Areas.
Funding for the LWCF program is provided by revenue fees from offshore oil and gas drilling and directed toward multiple public benefits:
Sustained investment in LWCF will stimulate our nation's economy, create jobs and shore up our infrastructure. LWCF makes a substantial contribution to these critical priorities by strategically securing the economic asset that our federal, state and local public lands represent:
Overview of the Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s goal is to balance the use of one natural resource—oil and gas—with the conservation of another by using a portion of drilling fees to protect important land and water resources. But despite an increase in energy production, funding for land and water protection has been low and unpredictable. The program is authorized to receive a small percentage of offshore oil and gas fee revenues—up to $900 million per year—but most of these funds have been diverted elsewhere. With America losing one million acres of working lands, including ranches, farms and forests to development each year, it is critical that we fix funding for the LWCF for the next generation of conservation.
Every State Depends on the Land and Water Conservation Fund
From the Grand Canyon National Park to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect some of America’s most treasured places—conserving national parks and public recreation areas, lands by rivers, working forests, farms and ranches, fish and wildlife refuges, trails, and state and local parks.
The Nature Conservancy supports full funding and reauthorization (S.338) of LWCF to fix the program and guarantee oil and gas proceeds are reinvested annually to a “true” LWCF trust fund.
Americans Strongly Support Protecting Our Land and Water
1 Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies, 2011
I know that investing in conservation is the only way we can help keep America beautiful, strong, prosperous and healthy. I am proud to join a community of people who speak up for nature to help save the places we love.