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Land and Water Conservation Fund is Reauthorized

Land and Water Conservation Fund is Reauthorized

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, December 21, 2015/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment

   Valley and Montana Wildlife Refuge Protected by Conservation Easements and LWCF (credit: SWP Media)

Buried within the "fine print" of the just signed US budget agreement was a clause reauthorizing the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of the nations most successful conservation programs.
The Fund expired this year when Congress let it lapse for the first time in its history. Parks including Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains national parks, as well as national wildlife refuges, national forests, wild and scenic rivers and lakes, and community trails in all 50 states were set aside with funds provided by the LWCF.

                            Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana (credit: SWP Media)

Fund was created by Congress in 1965 as "a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. Fifty years ago, It was a simple idea to use revenues derived from the depletion of one natural resource - offshore oil and gas leases - to support the conservation of another precious resource - our land and water."

Our Journal's corporate partner, The Conservation Alliance and their individual field projects, worked hard to assist with the renewal of the Fund. In their December newsletter they discussed this effort. The work of organizations like TCA and many others deserves to be congratulated for helping to restore this important environmental initiative that will hopefully exist another 50 years if Congress can focus on its accomplishments.

SWP Media, Inc.

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