Despite President Donald Trump’s calling for a 97% reduction in funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) several weeks ago, he’s now decided to support permanent funding.
Let U.S. Senators Crapo and Risch and Representatives Simpson and Fulcher know that you support permanent funding for the LWCF and they should, too. Right now, we have a unique opportunity to guarantee permanent funding for this critical program and we need your help!
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Here’s why the Idaho Conservation League supports the LWCF. Since 1964, it has financed projects that enhance our lives, improve recreation opportunities, and secure conservation measures meant to protect the places we love.
In Idaho, the effects are significant. It funded Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park and several Coeur d’Alene parks, helped to acquire buffer zones around the Sawtooth Mountains and Craters of the Moon National Monument through land acquisitions and conservation easements, and has funded portions of the Greenbelt that run along the Boise River.
The LWCF is not funded by our taxes. It receives a portion of off-shore drilling revenues. Last year, Congress permanently reauthorized LWCF with strong bipartisan support, but required the funds to be appropriated annually.
With over $3.9 billion in grants, over 40,000 state projects, and with 2.37 million acres protected, the LWCF undoubtedly works for all Americans.
It’s good for our economy. It’s good for our communities. It’s good for Idaho.