Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The President's budget proposal would devastate public lands.

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LWCF is permanently restored, but our fight continues

In March, 2019, the President signed S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act., which permanently reauthorizes one of our most important sources of federal funding for parks and open space: the Land and Water Conservation Fund. If you believe everyone deserves access to nature, this new law is a big win—but it’s not the end of the fight for this crucial federal program.

The President’s proposed 2020 federal budget virtually eliminates funding for LWCF—even though a vast majority of elected officials in both the House and Senate recently voted to keep this fund strong, and the President signed the bill into law.

Now, we’re working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to push back against Trump’s proposal to defund LWCF. If you believe everyone in America deserves a great place to get outside, here’s how you can help.

See what's at stake

#SaveLWCF to protect threatened wilderness gateways like this Sierra Nevada gem
Protecting Forni Meadows is a win for people, water, wildlife, and land management agencies. And—just like we have thousands of times throughout our history, The Trust for Public Land relied on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWFC) to complete the project.
#SaveLWCF to help cities reach green space goals
Programs like this are crucial to realizing our vision of a great park within a 10-minute walk of everyone in America. Here are a few communities where we’re already using LWCF support to help connect people to nature, and each other.
All across the country, budget cuts put conservation at risk
Behind the proposed federal cuts are real communities—including many where we're working with everyday Americans to protect the places that matter to them.