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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 dedicated and robust funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
This program helps protect some of America's most important natural areas:
The impacts of the program support:
The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s goal is to balance the loss of a natural resource – offshore oil and gas – 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 revenue – 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 sustain strong annual funding levels for the program and guarantee permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the future.
Americans strongly support protecting our land and water.
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. Over the past four decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided approximately $12.5 billion for land and water protection across every state and several of the territories.
The Nature Conservancy also supports legislation – the Land and Water Reauthorization and Funding Act of 2011 (S.1265) – to fix the LWCF program and guarantee oil and gas proceeds are diverted annually to a “true” LWCF trust fund.
Value of the Fund
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.