Use Your Voice to Protect Our Parks

Important funding for some of America’s most special outdoor places and natural resources has expired!

For more than a half-century, Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been one of our nation’s most important and successful conservation programs, providing approximately $2.4 billion in funding to help protect some of California’s most special places and ensure access to wildlife watching, hiking and other recreational outdoor activities for millions of Californians and future generations.

Funding through LWCF has meant the preservation of giant redwoods in the North Coast at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, new trails at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, protection of critical desert habitat at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, preservation of history at Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park, new facilities for visitors to enjoy at Huntington State Beach and a new campground at Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.

You can help protect our parks and reinstate funding for open spaces today by asking your representatives to permanently reauthorize LWCF today. Without these funds, California’s world-famous natural resources and state and national parks could be lost for future generations, who would miss out on positive park experiences and the benefits they have for health, happiness and quality of life.

LWCF is critical to ensure access to outdoor recreation, preserve important historic sites and protect our natural resources. With your support, all Californians will be able to enjoy the natural resources and cultural treasures in our state parks.

Use your voice today to protect our parks and open spaces!

For more information or questions, please contact advocacy@calparks.org or call our Sacramento office at 916-442-2119. 

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Renew and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Dear [Decision Maker],

Please support the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by Congress.

For more than a half-century, LWCF has maintained some of our American's most special outdoor places, expanded recreation opportunities and protected important natural resources and preserved our cultural history. Now, LWCF, one of our nation's most important and successful conservation programs, has expired. Your leadership is needed to ensure that LWCF is reauthorized and fully funded.

LWCF is a much-needed funding that has protected our important places and ensured parklands remain available for millions of Californians and future generations. California has received approximately $2.4 billion in LWCF funding over the past five decades. These funds has meant the preservation of giant redwoods in the North Coast at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, new trails at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, protection of critical desert habitat at Anza Borrego Desert State Park, preservation our history at Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park, new facilities for visitors to enjoy at Huntington State Beach and a new campground at Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.

California is home to some of the most unique and world-famous natural resources and state and national parks that draw thousands of tourists annually. This funding is needed to ensure opportunities continue to be available to all. Unfortunately not all Californians who reflect the diversity of the state are experiencing and visiting state parks. This is especially true of rising generations who spend more and more time indoors. Public lands offer positive experiences that play an essential role for health, happiness and quality of life, offering youth meaningful and transformative experiences in parks, we create the next generation of empowered park stewards who will protect and enhance our parks.

Should this critical funding not be available, the experiences we had as children and the preservation of natural and cultural resources begins to erode for our next generation of park stewards.

LWCF is critical to ensure access to outdoor recreation, preserve important historic sites and protect our natural resources. With your support, all will be able to enjoy the natural resources and cultural treasures in our state parks and public lands. Please be a leader for our state parks and support the permanent reauthorization of LWCF.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

California State Parks Foundation

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