LWCF

Four letters you should know.
The nation’s most important conservation program is set to expire on September 30, 2018.

Join the fight to protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The LWCF has been the budgetary lifeblood for parks and open space in the United States for over 50 years. Established by Congress in 1964, it aims to protect the nation's most iconic landscapes—and expand access to outdoor recreation—without taxing everyday Americans.

The program uses a portion of oil and gas companies' revenue from offshore drilling to safeguard open space. Under the law, LWCF can receive up to $900 million every year. But over time, Congress has diverted billions of dollars to other purposes—leaving it severely underfunded.

And unless Congress acts, LWCF will expire altogether at the end of September—putting the future of America's parks and public lands at risk. Here’s what you can do to join the fight.

What's at stake

Wherever you go to get outside, chances are some of your favorite places were protected thanks to LWCF. The fund has been used to conserve land in all 50 states and complete more than 41,000 state and local park projects—everything from historic sites and cultural landmarks to the forests and lakes where you go to camp, hike, fish, and explore.

Here are just a few recent projects whose success depends on LWCF.

The Trust for Public Land combines these federal funds with your donations to help protect the places that matter most. The end of LWCF would have serious consequences—not just for the national parks we all treasure, but for neighborhood open space in communities across the country.

Help sustain our fight on Capitol Hill to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund—become a monthly donor today.