One lesson that the nation has learned during the global pandemic, is how important nature and the outdoors are for our health; both mentally and physically. With a growing appreciation for the environment and an increase of the public enjoying open spaces, comes a greater responsibility to conserve and protect our land and the wildlife that thrives upon it.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was established by Congress to protect natural areas and resources, in addition to providing recreational activities to the nation. On August 4th of this past summer, President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) into law. This bill's passage should have resulted in full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund being available for critical projects and more funds for restoring the nation’s national parks, which see over 3 million visitors every year.
While this had been a step in the right direction, we are now seeing setbacks in the way the current administration is dealing with the Fund. Not only has the administration sent in LWCF allocations late, but they are also trying to limit how this program can protect federal land. Protections of national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges are critical for public enjoyment and the survival of wildlife.
We need to take action now to ensure that the LWCF will be fully implemented and our conservation efforts are heard. Please take the time to write to your Members of Congress now!