I am calling to thank Senator Cory Gardner for co-sponsoring permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and fully funding the program.
LWCF has helped protect some of America’s most iconic landscapes, including Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s also supported urban open spaces, from New York City’s Central Park to neighborhood sports fields and local parks in nearly every congressional district.
While LWCF is funded through revenue from offshore oil drilling instead of taxpayer dollars, Congress has chronically underfunded the program. The Trump administration’s recent budget proposals nearly eliminate LWCF entirely, slashing funding by roughly 90 percent. It is more important than ever to support this crucial program.