Conservation Finance

Legislation being considered this week by the House of Representatives will virtually eliminate funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and have drastic impacts on communities across the nation, according to The Trust for Public Land.

As a catch and release, fly-fishing-only trout pond, 241-acre Stonehouse Pond offers anglers a wilderness experience more commonly associated with the North Country than New Hampshire's increasingly urbanized coastal area.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was first established by Congress in 1965 and reauthorized in subsequent years.

Until 2000, Massachusetts communities lacked the legal authority to create a steady funding source for preserving and improving parks and open space.

In the 1990s, the Pennsylvania legislature twice passed measures that generated funding for environmental cleanup and conservation, including the Growing Greener program, enacted in 1999.

Relatively easy access to federal public open space is a leading attraction for new residents of many fast-growing Western communities.

Hawaii's character and economy are closely linked to the land, which is crucial to agriculture, tourism, and community identity.

Coastal Beaufort County is South Carolina's fastest-growing county and home to Hilton Head Island, a popular resort and retirement community. In 2000, voters passed, with TPL's help, a $40 million bond referendum to protect natural areas, historic sites,... Read more

Historically, Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley has been characterized by dairy barns and blast furnaces, but in recent years it has been transformed by suburban sprawl and traffic congestion.

The Green Mountains are the backbone of more than 2 million acres of wildlife habitat, forests, and trails—including the Long Trail, the nation’s oldest long-distance hiking route, and the Appalachian Trail, a National Scenic Trail.