Support LWCF and The Future of Your Access

7N8A4563_preview.jpegPlaces to pursue abundant game and fish are the cornerstone of hunting and fishing in America and a critical part of our nation’s culture. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the country’s most important tools for creating and enhancing public access and conserving fish and wildlife habitat.

Enacted in 1965, the fund has been used to invest more than $16 billion in conservation and outdoor recreation by establishing new public fishing areas, opening new access into landlocked public lands, and acquiring land specifically to benefit fish, wildlife, and the sporting public. The program is incredibly popular among hunters and anglers, and it enjoys bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

The LWCF does not use taxpayer dollars, but instead invests in America’s public lands using a small portion of federal offshore oil and gas drilling fees. It’s the perfect example of a balanced conservation program, because it uses dollars raised through resource extraction and invests them back into our natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities.

But we need your help to keep the fund working for the future of public lands.

The program is set to expire on September 30, 2018. Support public access now by convincing lawmakers to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

 

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Support Sportsmen's Access - Support LWCF

Dear [Decision Maker],

It is incredibly important that the public have access to America's public lands and that our best fish and wildlife habitats be conserved, that's why I'm writing to urge you to support the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and to support dedicated full funding for the program.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the country's most important tools for creating and enhancing public access and in conserving fish and wildlife habitat. Enacted in 1965, the Fund has been used to invest more than $16 billion in conservation and outdoor recreation by establishing of new public fishing areas, opening new access into landlocked public lands, and acquiring land specifically to benefit fish, wildlife, and the sporting public. The program is overwhelmingly popular among hunters and anglers, and it enjoys bipartisan support.

The program is also critical to accomplishing the Trump administration's public access goals. In September 2017, the Department of the Interior, through Secretarial Order 3356, directed the agency bureaus to produce plans to expand access for hunting and fishing AND identify lands where access is currently limited. This might include areas that are currently impractical or impossible to access via public roads or trails, but where there may be an opportunity to gain access through an easement, right-of-way, or land acquisition.

Failing to reauthorize and support robust funding for LWCF would throw into doubt the administration's ability to open inaccessible public lands to the public, while simultaneously putting valuable fish and wildlife habitats at risk to development.

I ask that you do everything in your power to help reauthorize and fully fund the program as soon as possible. America's outdoor traditions and our $887 billion outdoor recreation economy depend on it.

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

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