Save The Land and Water Conservation Fund

Save The Land and Water Conservation Fund

Since its establishment in 1964, LWCF funds have helped build and improve trails, ball fields, river put-ins, and climbing areas, benefiting everything from city green spaces to National Parks. In total, the program has invested more than $16 billion towards conservation and recreation.

TAKE ACTION

On March 12, the President signed a sweeping public lands package, which includes a bill to permanently authorize the LWCF! We'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who answered calls-to-action on behalf of this issue. Achievements like this require the constant voice of public lands champions. You all helped highlight the importance of the outdoor experience to legislators, and they listened.

But we aren't done yet.

Congress still needs to full fund the LWCF. Join us as we thank our lawmakers for permanent authorization and ask them to fund the program.

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A Timeline

The LWCF has been on shaky ground for a few years now. Here's how we got here:

  • 1964: With broad bipartisan support, Congress establishes the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The program takes a small portion of the revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling and puts it towards recreation and conservation. 
  • 1965-2014: Over the years, the program faces different Congressional challenges, such as not receiving full-funding. 
  • 2015: Despite the LWCF's overwhelming public support and benefits, Congress lets the program expire for the first time. Due to public outcry, Congress then pulls off a stopgap solution, temporarily renewing the LWCF for three years.
  • 2019:  the President signed a sweeping public lands package, which includes a bill to permanently authorize the LWCF.  But we aren't done yet. Congress still needs to full fund the program.

Learn More

Our partners at Outdoor Alliance have set up an awesome interactive map, showing the broad impacts of LWCF - Take a look! You can also look through our previous pieces to see how we've been engaging on this issue:

It's Official: Public Lands Package Signed into Law!

It's Official: Public Lands Package Signed into Law!

Over the years, members of our greater community took action 5,237 times to help champion causes included in the public lands package. These measures have now become law. Thank you for making your voice heard and staying the course!

Public Lands Package Passes the House - Set to Become Law!

Public Lands Package Passes the House - Set to Become Law!

The outdoor experience scored a major win with the passage of the public lands package. Check out what this sweeping legislation means for Washington State and beyond.

Take Action: Public Lands Package Passes the Senate, Moves on to the House

Take Action: Public Lands Package Passes the Senate, Moves on to the House

The Senate passed a sweeping public lands package, which includes key measures for the Pacific Northwest. Now it's time to ask the House of Representatives to move the package forward.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Set to Expire (Again) – Take Action!

Land and Water Conservation Fund Set to Expire (Again) – Take Action!

Since its establishment in 1964, the LWCF has invested more than $16 billion towards conservation and recreation. Please join The Mountaineers in asking Congress to save this critical program.

What Does the Omnibus Spending Bill Mean for Public Lands?

What Does the Omnibus Spending Bill Mean for Public Lands?

In the recently passed omnibus spending bill, Congress funds wildfire disaster relief, the Land & Water Conservation Fund, and some of our biggest land management agencies. Also, the Roadless Rule is protected - for now.

Rep. DelBene Meets for Riverside Roundtable

Rep. DelBene Meets for Riverside Roundtable

Congresswoman DelBene met with outdoor recreation and conservation leaders for a hike and roundtable luncheon.

Cantwell, Reichert, and Jewell Unite for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Cantwell, Reichert, and Jewell Unite for Land and Water Conservation Fund

This week key political leaders spoke up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Their leadership comes as Congress decides on a bill that would secure the program for perpetuity.

Outdoor Enthusiasts Take The Hill

Outdoor Enthusiasts Take The Hill

Last month The Mountaineers took part in a huge group effort to visit the other Washington to advocate on behalf of outdoor enthusiasts.

Big Conservation News From Outdoor Alliance

Big Conservation News From Outdoor Alliance

This week the Senate passed a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior, shared ambitious plans to improve diversity, access, and funding for public lands. Outdoor Alliance, an organization supported by The Mountaineers, played a part in both successes.

Land & Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized!

Land & Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized!

A three-year renewal for The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been included in Congress's recent budget package, with $150 million more in funding for 2016!

Land & Water Conservation Fund Expired - What's Next?

Land & Water Conservation Fund Expired - What's Next?

The LWCF expired at the end of September but our efforts to support this fund were not wasted and the fight is not over!

Last Chance for the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

Last Chance for the Land and Water Conservation Fund!

Our Conservation and Recreation Manager joined other representatives of conservation and recreation organizations for a day of meetings with legislators on the importance of saving the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Act now to Help Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Act now to Help Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

We need your help: the Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most effective tools we have to conserve land and improve outdoor recreation opportunities—and it's going to expire on September 30 unless Congress reauthorizes it.

Saving The Land and Water Conservation Fund

Saving The Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee has released a bill that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the nation's premiere conservation and outdoor recreation program.

Re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund - the foundation for our access to outdoor recreation, conserving outdoor spaces, and helping insure equal access for all Americans - is threatened. Read more to learn what you can do.